January 10, 2015

NOTE THAT THIS POLL WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE CHARLIE HEBDO MASSACRE: Majority of Germans see Islam as threat, poll indicates.

In a survey conducted in November, before Wednesday’s massacre by Islamic extremist gunmen at French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo or widespread media coverage of a new German anti-migrant movement, 61 percent of non-Muslim Germans said Islam had no place in the West.

The figure was up from 52 percent in 2012, according to the study released by the Bertelsmann Foundation think tank.

More than half – 57 percent – said they felt threatened by Islam, 4 percentage points higher than in 2012.

Forty percent said they felt like “foreigners in their own country” because of the presence of Muslims.

And one in four (24 percent) said that Muslims should be barred from migrating to Germany.

Islam is a tarnished brand in the West, and I suspect that will get worse before it gets better.

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