Public opposition to further immigration from nationals of Muslim-majority countries is not limited to the US, research from Chatham House reveals.
In a survey carried out in 2016, before US President Donald Trump’s discriminatory travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, at least 10,000 Europeans were asked whether they agreed with the idea of banning citizens from Muslim-majority countries from entering their countries.
In Poland, where the Muslim population is just 0.3, 71 percent said they supported such a ban. Austria, Hungary, Belgium and France followed, with 65, 64, 64 and 61 percent.
“There is evidence to suggest that both Trump and these radical right-wing parties reflect an underlying reservoir of public support,” said Chatham House.
“It is also worth noting that in most of these states [where agreement is high] the radical right is, to varying degrees, entrenched as a political force and is looking to mobilise this angst over Islam into the ballot box, either at elections in 2017 or longer term.”