Indonesia Poll Shows Huge Shift: More Support US War on Terror than Oppose
The Word Unheard (and I mean really Unheard) out of Indonesia is that a group called Terror Free Tomorrow conducted a poll of Indonesians to guage current public opinions of America. What the Terror Free Tomorrow Poll of Indonesians shows will astound you: In the world's most populated Muslim nation, more think favorably of America and America's War on Terrorism (40%) than oppose (36%).
(The Word Unheard got wind of this via a favorite new hangout, GeoPolitical Review, a fantastic blog that is all content and no fluff. Highly recommended reading.)
My friends, this is Indonesia! ...a country that supported bin Laden at a 58% clip. Now? Bin Laden's support has dropped to an eye-popping 23%. That is a drop of over 60%!
Two supporting items within this poll are especially important and noteworthy:
1. The cause of the increased positive view of America and decline for bin Laden? Recent Tsunami Aid efforts led by the US...not bin Laden or (initially) the UN.
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.
2. The group with the highest percentage of positive views of America? Indonesians under 30. Those are tomorrow's Indonesian leaders and this bodes very, very well for the future.
We are witnessing "The Law of Intended Consequences" in action.
Apparently many Indonesians are indeed seeing that America holds no animosity towards Muslims.
Of Interest: Polls with the same questions in other countries within the reagion. Will the results see consistency? One can hope.
Attention MSM: This is very reportable positive news. Get on it!