Views of relationship between Muslim and Western Cultures
In a survey of people in 27 countries, an average of 56% said they saw positive links between the cultures.
Yet 28% of respondents told questioners that violent conflict was inevitable.
Asked twice about the existing causes of friction, 52% said they were a result of political disputes and 58% said minority groups stoked tensions.
The most positive respondents came from Western nations, with 78% of Italians, 77% of Britons and 73% of Canadians saying it is possible to find common ground.
Many blamed intolerant minorities for fuelling disputes and disagreements.
Some 39% of all respondents said minorities on both sides were to blame.
Just 12% said mainly Muslim minorities were to blame, and only 7% pointed the finger at Western fringe groups.
More than 13,000 people in 21 countries were interviewed for the poll, part of an annual survey of world opinion.
China's positive ratings fell six points over the year to 39%, while negative views of Russia jumped eight points to 42%, according to the survey.
The survey was taken after President Barack Obama's election, but 43% still felt the US impact was negative.
"People are still looking to see if there are significant changes in US policies."
Germany once again fared best in the poll, with every country viewing it positively and 61% of people rating it favourably, up from 55% last year.
The UK also moved up seven points, with 58% of people rating it as having a positive influence.
As was the case last year, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea were rated most negatively.
Do you recognize yourself in these polls? Are the threads and its comments in IN reflecting these results?