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Half of American evangelicals view Islam as violent religion

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VENTURA, Calif. (WordNews.org) April 26, 2013 – Sixty-two percent of evangelicals say they have an unfavorable view of Islam and 39 percent have a “very unfavorable” view of the religion, according to the latest Barna Group survey.

The results come less than two weeks after the Boston marathon bombings. Much attention has been given to the faith and political backgrounds of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Media reports have focused on Tamerlan’s apparently deep Muslim faith.

The Barna survey finds 33 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Islam while 36 percent say their views of unfavorable. Another 31 percent aren’t decided on the religion that includes 1.57 billion followers worldwide and 7 million in the U.S.

Only 5 percent of Americans 67 and older have a very favorable percent of the religion, compared with those 18-28.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of Americans think the religion is essentially peaceful, 53 percent of evangelicals believe just the opposite, that Islam promotes violence.

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