Nearly 1 in 5 Germans hold anti-Muslim views: study

ANADOLU AGENCY
BERLIN
Published 25.04.2019 18:59
Updated 25.04.2019 19:32
Members of Legida, the Leipzig arm of the anti-Islam PEGIDA, take part in a rally in Leipzig, Germany on Jan. 11, 2016. (Reuters Photo)
Members of Legida, the Leipzig arm of the anti-Islam PEGIDA, take part in a rally in Leipzig, Germany on Jan. 11, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

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

Some 54.1% of Germans are prejudiced against asylum seekers, while 18.7% hold anti-Muslim 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 anti-Muslim viewpoints, the research showed.

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

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

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

Almost 19% of those surveyed approved of 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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