An online survey conducted by the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel has found that a huge majority—over 80 percent—of respondents support the Islamic State's military campaigns.
Breitbart News provides a summary of the findings of AlJazeera's "shock poll":
In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.
The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS.
Last week the Islamic State achieved one of its more significant victories in recent months, seizing control of the city of Ramadi from the ineffectual Iraqi forces. The fall of the strategically important city has heightened pressure on the Obama administration over what is being increasingly perceived as its failing strategy to combat the radical militant group. Meanwhile, the popularity of ISIS—not just in the region, but among sympathetic radical circles worldwide—appears to be only expanding, in part due to the group's aggressive social media campaign.