Almost 80 percent of Latvians seek ban on face-covering clothing

The vast majority of Latvians, or 77 percent, support a legislative initiative calling for a ban on wearing face-covering garments in public places, a new TNS poll shows.

The survey reveals that 42 percent of respondents strongly support the ban and 35 percent tend to support it.

Meanwhile 16 percent do not support the Justice Ministry’s proposal to ban wearing face-covering clothes like Muslim burqas in public places.

Eleven percent of respondents tend not to support the draft legislation and five percent strongly disapprove of a ban.

Seven percent of the surveyed Latvians did not voice a particular position on the issue.

TNS pollster ran the survey for 900 Seconds, the morning news program of Latvia’s LNT commercial TV channel.

The survey too place from March 1 to 3, and interviewing 1,000 residents of Latvia between the ages of 18 to 55. [The Baltic Times] Read more