Newsweek slår stort opp at hver sjette franskmann støtter ISIS. Det faller på sin egen urimelighet. Selv blant muslimer ville tallet vært høyt.

Det er et russisk nyhetsbyrå som har bestilt målingen. Det burde tilsi årvåkenhet og skepsis når tallene blir så oppsiktsvekkende.

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

A recent Ifop poll placed French president Francois Hollande’s approval rating at just 18%.

The survey also tested attitudes in Britain and Germany and found that 7% of British citizens responded favourably to ISIS. However, UK polling showed an inverse demographic trend to that of France, with support for ISIS rising with age. 4% of 18-24-year-olds saying they either strongly or somewhat support ISIS, compared to 6% of 24-35-year-olds surveyed and 11% of 35-44-year-olds. Positive attitudes to ISIS in Germany showed less divergence, remaining between 3% and 4% for all age groups.

7 % støtte blant muslimer i UK kan nok være riktig. Hvis tallet 16 % er riktig for Frankrike er det alarmerende.