NEW YORK - Support for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and suicide bombing has declined considerably among Muslim people, including Pakistanis, in recent years, according to a new survey. Majorities or pluralities among 8 of the 9 Muslims surveyed this year say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilians can never be justified to defend Islam; only in the Palestinian territories does a majority endorse such attacks, the Pew Global Attitudes Project finds. The drop in support for Osama bin Laden has been most dramatic in Indonesia, Pakistan and Jordan, Pew said. Currently, about one-quarter of Muslims in Jordan (28%) and Indonesia (25%) express confidence in the al Qaeda leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs; in 2003, majorities in each country agreed (56% and 59%, respectively). In Pakistan, 18% of Muslims now say they have confidence in him, the survey said. Just last year, 34% of Pakistani Muslims expressed support for bin Laden and, in 2003, nearly half (46%) agreed. Pakistani Muslims views of al Qaeda have also grown less favourable over the past year; 9% have a favorable view of the group, compared with 25% in 2008. Only in Nigeria is Osama more popular among Muslims than he was earlier in decade, it said. More than half of Nigerian Muslims (54%) have confidence in the al-Qaeda leader when it comes to world affairs; 44% said that was the case in 2003. Osama also has the support of most Muslims in the Palestinian territories (52%), but a much more solid majority of Palestinian Muslims had confidence in him in 2003 (72%), according to the survey. Young Palestinians are far more likely to express positive views of the al Qaeda leader. Six-in-ten Palestinians under 30 say they have confidence in bin Laden; 46% of those age 30 and older share that view. The age gap was much narrower in 2003 76% of those under 30 and 69% in the older age group had confidence in bin Laden then. Support for suicide bombing and other forms or violence that target civilians has also declined in recent years. Among the Muslims surveyed, Pakistanis now express the strongest rejection to this kind of violence - 87% say such acts are never justified, the survey found. In 2002, just months after the Sept 11 attacks, one-third in Pakistan said suicide bombing was often or sometimes justified in order to defend Islam, while 43% said it was rarely or never justified. In Lebanon, the percentage of Muslims that say suicide bombing is often or sometimes justified has plummeted to 38% from 74% in 2002. Still, support for this kind of violence against civilians among Muslims in Lebanon is one of the highest among the publics surveyed. Lebanese Shias are about twice as likely as Sunnis to endorse suicide bombing (51% vs. 25%).