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The Psychological Roots of Public Opinion toward a Militant Group: The Case of Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyaba
KARL KALTENTHALER and C. CHRISTINE FAIR explore the sources of public sympathy in Pakistan for Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. They argue that the most common and widely distributed factor influencing individual sympathy with a militant group is the expectation that the militant group will bestow a sense of personal significance on that individual. Using data from a 2014 survey of Pakistanis, they find that the quest for personal significance is the most important factor driving sympathy for the militant group. 

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