Would be an alternative and rather more relevant headline versus “One in five Syrians say Islamic State is a good thing, poll says,”, which is meant to shock the nativist ill-informed and divert the conversation from the US’ uncompromising and ruinous drive for regime change to the politically safer (for an American audience) topic of the European immigration crisis.
But hey, credit where credit’s due: At least WaPo reported this, which is more than you can say of the rest of the MSM.
Here are the main highlights from this poll, which impressively managed to cover all 14 governates including those held by the Islamic State (PDF):
- Only 21% of Syrians prefer life now compared to life under Assad’s full control several years ago.
- 82% say ISIS was created by the US and allies.
- Though 71% of respondents in territories under ISIS control say they support ISIS – surprising it’s not higher, given their… reputation – some 62% of them also agree that ISIS was created by the US and its allies.
- Assad (47%) and Iran (43%) are more popular than the Arab Gulf countries (37%), al-Nusra (35%), the FSA (35%), “Syrian Opposition Candidate” (26%), and the Islamic State (21%). Reminder that this is in a majority Sunni country that is being “oppressed” by Shi’ite Alawites.
Overall, pretty depressing reading for those who bought into the US neocon/Likudnik regime change narrative on Syria on moral or political legitimacy reasons.
Above are the detailed results of the ISIS/US connection question.