Poll: 9% of Indonesians support terrorist attacks

October 16, 2006 08:53

About 9 percent of Indonesians support the use of violent attacks such as the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 civilians if the attacks are aimed at defending Islam, a recent poll indicated. At the same time, the survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute released Sunday found more than 80 percent of the Indonesian population strongly condemned tactics used by al Qaida and affiliated Indonesian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah and favored peaceful democracy. "Nine percent is certainly a significant figure to represent people supporting such extreme acts as the Bali bombings," Indonesian Survey Institute head Saiful Mujani told the Jakarta Post newspaper. Jemaah Islamiyah is blamed for killing more than 240 people in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, in a series of attacks since 2002. The poll of nearly 1,100 Indonesians, conducted Sept. 23 to Oct. 3, had a margin of error of 3 percent.

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