Pakistan: Unprecedented Survey of Tribal Areas

In the first comprehensive public opinion survey covering sensitive political issues in the region, we found that suicide fighters enjoy widespread popular support. This unprecedented finding helps explain the success of the Taliban and Al Qaeda’s sanctuary—a safe haven that has had devastating consequences for American soldiers in Afghanistan.

For TFT’s full survey report, click here. For featured commentary on CNN, click here. For other news coverage, click here.

Iran: New 2009 Survey before Elections

In a rare independent nationwide survey before the June Presidential elections, Iranians of every political inclination are united in their desire for greater democracy, economic progress and better relations with the United States. While our uncensored poll shows incumbent President Ahmadinejad in the lead with a plurality of support, the survey also reveals that a second round run off against his closest challenger, Mir Hussein Moussavi, is likely.

For TFT’s full survey report, click
here. For featured commentary on CNN, click here. For other news coverage, click here.

New Poll of Pakistan before June 2008 By-Elections

Pakistanis strongly favor their own government not fighting against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, but negotiating with them instead. Public support for Al Qaeda is also gaining ground since earlier this year. Important Parliamentary by-elections are scheduled in Pakistan for June 26th. In the only poll before the elections, our survey shows that Nawaz Sharif is now the most popular political leader in Pakistan. Mr. Sharif’s party, the PML-N, would emerge as the clear winner in any national contest, far eclipsing the current largest party in Parliament, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

For TFT's complete survey report, click here.

Iran: New 2008 Survey before Elections

In a new public opinion poll across Iran before the upcoming March 14th national elections, Iranians do not strongly support the ballot choices offered to them. Iranians also continue to overwhelmingly favor better relations with the United States, a full democracy for Iran, and concessions on the nuclear issue.

For TFT’s full survey report, click here. For a feature article in the Washington Post, click here.

Pakistan: New Poll before 2008 Elections

In dramatic reversal from just a few months ago, Pakistanis have turned against Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. And in an equally stunning turnaround, in advance of Pakistan’s upcoming February 18th elections, nearly two-thirds of Pakistanis now intend to vote for the moderate political parties on the ballot.

For TFT’s full survey report, click here. For editorials on the survey, click here. For news coverage, click here.

Saudi Arabia: Unprecedented Nationwide Survey

Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, home to its holiest places, and also home country of Osama Bin Laden and 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists. Yet, Bin Laden’s fellow countrymen have dramatically turned against him, his organization of Al Qaeda, Saudi fighters in Iraq, and terrorism itself. And they have also equally dramatically turned in favor of Bin Laden’s chief enemy: The United States of America. The people of Saudi Arabia are now among the most pro-American and anti-terrorist of any in the entire Muslim world.

For TFT’s full survey report, click here.  For the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and other articles, click here.

Pakistan: Nationwide Survey (August 2007) 

A new nationwide survey of Pakistan by Terror Free Tomorrow may help explain why Osama bin Laden remains at large in Pakistan and why both al Qaeda and the Taliban have regrouped there. Nearly three quarters of Pakistanis oppose American military action to pursue Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters based inside Pakistan. Moreover, a third or more of Pakistanis have a favorable view of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and bin Laden. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is also the least popular political leader in Pakistan today—falling considerably behind bin Laden.

For a video of the CNN story, please click here For a transcript of the CNN story, please click here, for the CNN.com, New York Times, Washington Post and Financial Times articles, click here, for other news coverage, click here, and for the full survey report, here.

Syria: Pioneering New Poll

Despite powerful anti-American feelings and support for Iraqi fighters, 63% of Syrians still favor Syria working with the United States to help resolve the Iraq war. In another important finding, Syrians also favor peace with Israel. Yet, in marked contrast to Terror Free Tomorrow’s recent survey of Iran, which had similar methodology, questions and timing, Syrians—unlike Iranians—oppose closer relations with the United States, while expressing satisfaction with their current system of government.

For a Wall Street Journal commentary on the poll, click here, for other press coverage, click here, for the full survey report, click here.

Iran: Unprecedented Nationwide Survey

Discontent with the current system of government, the state of Iran’s economy, and isolation from the West is widespread throughout Iran. In this context, nuclear weapons are the lowest priority for the Iranian people. Iranians even overwhelmingly support their government providing full inspections and a guarantee not to develop nuclear weapons in return for trade and assistance from other countries. The popular will to live in a democracy open to the West and the United States, with greater economic opportunity, comes from every region and segment of Iranian society. These are among the significant findings of the first nationwide public opinion survey of Iran on these issues since President Ahmadinejad took office.

For a Wall Street Journal commentary on the poll, click here, for other press coverage, click here, for the CSIS event click here, for the full survey report, here.

New Public Opinion Survey of Turkey

Terror Free Tomorrow’s latest Turkish survey is the first on an issue of vital importance to both Turkey and the United States. The U.S. Congress is considering a resolution formally recognizing as organized genocide the mass killings of Armenians from 1915-23 in Turkey’s predecessor state of the Ottoman Empire. Our unprecedented survey shows that the resolution would actually set back the cause it purports to achieve: namely, Turkey’s recognition of its own past and reconciliation with Armenia today. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the ARI Movement of Turkey and its affiliate in the United States, the ARI Foundation. For the full joint poll report, click here. For a Terror Free Tomorrow editorial on the poll, click here.

New Nationwide Public Opinion Survey of Nigeria

Lee Hamilton, Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group commented on Terror Free Tomorrow’s latest survey: "Terror Free Tomorrow's new survey of Nigerian opinion reinforces a lesson that America has learned in places as diverse as Pakistan and Indonesia: in the struggle against extremism, the effective and targeted use of U.S. assistance can be as effective - if not more effective - than the deployment of bombs and guns. To win the war of ideas and to combat the swelling turmoil around the world, the United States must use all aspects of American power - including the power of American generosity." For the full poll report, click here.

Unprecedented Polls: World’s Largest Muslim Countries Welcome U.S. Navy

In unprecedented public opinion surveys by Terror Free Tomorrow, Indonesians and Bangladeshis overwhelmingly welcomed the U.S. Navy’s recent humanitarian mission of the Navy hospital ship Mercy. Terror Free Tomorrow’s path breaking surveys prove that  humanitarian aid  by the Navy succeeds in changing the opinion of the United States in the most populous Muslim countries of the world. For the full results, analysis and methodology, click here.

New Polls: American Aid Key to Favorable Muslim Public Opinion

While people from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan—the world’s three largest Muslim countries—increasingly oppose US-led efforts to fight terrorism, most are favorable to the United States for past aid and want deeper American assistance in the future. In fact, American assistance results in a substantial favorable change in opinion toward the United States. For a full poll report, click here
Polls in Muslim World: Humanitarian Leadership by US Remains Positive

Despite historically high levels of anti-Americanism, positive American leadership, particularly humanitarian assistance, results in a more favorable view of the United States. Iran’s Turkish, Saudi and Pakistani neighbors also want the United States to accept a nuclear-armed Iran, rather than take military action to prevent it, while two-thirds of those surveyed in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Turkey believe that the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad reflect Western antagonism against Islam itself. For the full details on the poll, click here.

2006 Poll: Humanitarian Relief Sustains Change in Muslim Public Opinion

A new poll by Terror Free Tomorrow demonstrates that a year after the tsunami in Indonesia, the dramatic increase in Indonesian support for the United States and against Bin Laden has continued. American humanitarian aid to tsunami victims last year caused an overwhelming change of opinion in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The new nationwide poll throughout Indonesia reveals that this dramatic shift has not only been sustained, but has strengthened because of American humanitarian relief. For the full details on the poll, click here.

Poll: Dramatic Change of Public Opinion in the Muslim World

In the first poll in Pakistan since the earthquake of October 8, 2005, Pakistanis now hold a more favorable opinion of the United States than at any time since 9/11, while support for Al Qaeda in its home base has dropped to its lowest level since then. The direct cause for this dramatic shift in Muslim opinion is clear: American humanitarian assistance for Pakistani earthquake victims. For the full details on the poll, click here.

Poll: Americans Want Increased Aid to Pakistani Earthquake Victims

In the first nationwide poll since the Pakistani earthquake, a majority of the American public supports increased assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan on October 8th. The results compare favorably to a survey gauging the public's response to the tsunami earlier this year. For the full details on the poll, click here.

A Major Change of Public Opinion in the Muslim World: Results from a New Poll of Indonesians

In the first substantial shift of public opinion in the Muslim world since the beginning of the United States’ global war on terrorism, more people in the world’s largest Muslim country now favor American efforts against terrorism than oppose them. For the full details of the poll, click here.

Poll: Americans Want to Increase Tsunami Aid to Indonesia

By a substantial margin (57%-39%), Americans want to increase aid to Indonesia. This is one of the dramatic findings in the first nationwide poll since the tsunami. To see the UPI article on the click here. For the full details on the poll, click here.

Poll Shows Americans Support Terror Free Tomorrow's Mission

A poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs shows that Americans nearly unanimously believe that undermining the support base of global terrorists should be a priority. In fact, 81% said it was very important. These findings were consistent across party, age and region of the country. For the details, click here.

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