Roma and Muslims ‘least tolerated’ minorities in Europe

…. The poll has received scant coverage in the mainstream press despite being published the day after the announcement that Tony Blair was to head a new pan-European body, the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, to tackle hate and intolerance in Europe. Blair’s announcement did receive copious coverage as did claims in an article jointly authored with ECTR president, Moshe Kantor, about the growth in anti-Semitism in Europe and the proposed work of the ECTR to counter the effects of the economic downturn on European minority groups.

The YouGov results make interesting reading and reaffirm earlier empirical studies on the prevalence of anti-Muslim prejudice in European societies and its steady growth.

The YouGov poll questioned 7,230 people in seven European countries: 1667 in the UK, 1016 in Germany, 1004 in France, 1009 in Denmark, 1010 in Sweden, 970 in Finland and 554 in Norway. [MEND] Read more

Roma people and Muslims are the least tolerated minorities in Europe

New YouGov research across seven northern European countries finds that between France, Germany and Britain, France has a higher average level of negativity towards minority groups. Germany has the lowest, and is at the bottom of the table overall, beaten only by Sweden.

Similar or higher levels of negativity in Britain as in France towards Roma/Gypsies/travellers and Muslims puts only three points between the two countries on average. In France, however, a greater proportion of people have negative impressions of black and gay people (14%), and one in ten have a negative impression of Jewish people. [YouGov] Read more