Online Muslims have more open view of West, survey says

May 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A survey of Muslims in 39 countries indicates Internet users have more open views of the West and its culture, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said.

The survey, released Friday, concludes Muslims who use the Internet are much more likely to have a favorable view of Western films, music and television than Muslim who do not, and are more likely to see similarities between their faith and Christianity.

Attitudes toward Western culture were particularly influenced by the Internet in Kyrgyzstan, where 74 percent of Muslim Internet users approved of Western movies, music and television, compared to 39 percent of non-Internet users.

Information on the survey did not mention the number of respondents or the dates the information was gathered.

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