In a stunning turnaround of public opinion, support for Bin Laden and terrorism
in the world's most populous Muslim nation has dropped significantly, while
favorable views of the United States have increased," said Kenneth Ballen,
President of Terror Free Tomorrow, which commissioned the poll. "The poll shows
that the reason for this positive change is the American response to the
tsunami," Ballen added
Key Findings of the Poll:
* For the first time ever in a major Muslim
nation, more people favor US- led efforts to fight terrorism than oppose them
(40% to 36%). Importantly, those who oppose US efforts against terrorism have
declined by half, from 72% in 2003 to just 36% today.
* For the first time
ever in a Muslim nation since 9/11, support for Osama Bin Laden has dropped
significantly (58% favorable to just 23%).
* 65% of Indonesians now are more
favorable to the United States because of the American response to the tsunami,
with the highest percentage among people under 30.
* Indeed, 71% of the
people who express confidence in Bin Laden are now more favorable to the United
States because of American aid to tsunami victims.