Most support hearings on Islam, poll finds

Forget the special interests.

Did Americans support Peter King’s hearing on Muslim “radicalization?”

A Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans believed the hearing to be “appropriate.” 38 percent said not appropriate.

Republicans were 69-23 in favor of hearing appropriateness.

Dems were 49-40 AGAINST appropriateness.

No surprises there.

Meanwhile, a new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 40 percent of respondents believe Islam is “more likely than others to encourage violence.”

42% say it is not.

These numbers have held pretty steady since 2003.

In 2002, only 25 percent saw Islam as more likely to encourage violence than other faiths.

Here is Pew’s political-affiliation analysis:

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Political and ideological divisions are even wider: By roughly three-to-one (66% to 21%), conservative Republicans say Islam encourages violence more than other religions. Moderate and liberal Republicans are divided – 46% say Islam is more likely to encourage violence, 47% say it is not.

By more than two-to-one (61% to 29%), liberal Democrats say that Islam is not more likely than other religions to promote violence. Conservative and moderate Democrats, by a smaller margin (48% to 31%), agree.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.