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Defamation of Religions: World Opoinion Survey


World Public Opinion reported the results of an international survey of opinion on defamation of religions taken between April 25 and July 9, ’09. As I would expect, support for free expression is greatest in western democracies and support for censorship is greatest in Islamic nations.

A five page pdf file revealing the survey’s methodology has one surprise: the U.S.A. was surveyed on line.

In the United States, the poll was an online survey drawn from a nationally representative sample of the Knowledge Networks online panel. This panel is probabilistically-based, selected from the population of US telephone households and subsequently provided with an Internet connection if needed.

Results:

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The Methodology Report reveals that Hong Kong & Taiwan results were excluded from the averages, but does not explain the exclusions.  There is a trend toward heavy coverage of urban areas, which could result in a more liberal result.

Several nations stood out from the crowd with high levels of indecision/non-response.

Russia 26
Ukraine 30
Iraq 17
Indonesia 20

How would they have responded in an anonymous, non-confrontational setting?   What effect, if any, will this report of majority support for free expression have on the General Assembly vote on the Defamation of Religions resolution?

If you are on the side of freedom of expression, these on line petitions need your support Sign them and urge everyone you can hope to influence to sign them.

To join a counter attack in the war of ideas, sign and promote the International Qur’an Petition.

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November 23, 2009 - Posted by | Political Correctness | ,

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