Study shows anti-Muslim attitudes widespread in Germany

A study [related to Islamophobic views in Germany] conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) has revealed that some 54.1% of Germans have prejudice against asylum seekers, while 18.7% hold Islamophobic views. Prejudice and negative views against Muslims are stronger among the population living in the former communist East Germany, the report shows. The research also brought out that xenophobic and anti-Semitic tendencies also remained entrenched in German society.

Anti-Muslim attitudes and prejudice against asylum seekers remain widespread in Germany, a new study has revealed Thursday.

Some 54.1% of Germans have prejudice against asylum seekers, while 18.7% hold Islamophobic views, according to a study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).

Anti-Muslim views were particularly strong among the supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Some 66% of AfD supporters agree with Islamophobic views, the research showed.

Among the supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), nearly 21 percent approved anti-Muslim views.

Prejudice and negative views against Muslims were stronger among the population living in the former communist East Germany.

The study also revealed that xenophobic and anti-Semitic tendencies also remained entrenched in German society.

Almost 19% of those surveyed approved xenophobic statements, while 5.1% agreed with anti-Semitic statements.

The research was based on a nationally representative survey carried out between September 2018 and February 2019.

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