A new poll has found that more than 60 percent of Arabs believe violence is a permissible reaction to Western interference in a country, and 55 percent believed offensive words or behavior was another acceptable response, Qatar's Gulf Times reported.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, a British research and consulting firm, found that nearly half of all Arabs said they have met someone with extreme religious views, according to the Gulf Times. The survey was conducted between March 18 and 23 and included 940 respondents across the Arab world.

More than half the respondents believed that poor religious leadership caused the extremism — although 70 percent said the problem had been exaggerated, according to the report. Some 80 percent believed it provided an excuse for Western interference in Muslim countries.

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