The Islamic State extremists are very scary. What's even scarier is how they appear to have significant support from European citizens: The number of foreign fighters descending on Syria and Iraq certainly seems unprecedented and it's hard to predict what the long-term consequences will be.
Because of this concern, a new poll commissioned by Rossiya Segodnya that found surprisingly large levels of support for the Islamic State in France, Britain and Germany has caused a big fuss. It's totally understandable: The idea that 15 percent of France and 7 percent of Britain could have a positive view of Islamic State is horrifying. Even Germany's relatively low level of support (2 percent) is higher than any reasonable person would like to see, given the brutal nature of the group.
But really, is it possible that more than 1 in 6 people in France could "back" Islamic State? When you look at the numbers closely, something doesn't add up.