Unfavorable opinion of Muslims in Europe by support for populist parties 2019

As of 2019, among European populist parties there is a clear right/left wing divide regarding whether supporters hold unfavorable opinions of Muslims. In the majority of cases supporters of right-wing parties were much more likely to have negative views of Muslims, such as in Germany, where 60 percent of Alternative for Germany supports had an unfavorable opinion compared to 19 percent of non-supporters. However, supporters of all the left-wing populist parties surveyed were less likely to hold unfavorable views. For example, 34 percent of Podemos supporters in Spain had an unfavorable view of Muslims, compared to 50 percent of non-supporters.

Share adults with an unfavorable opinion of Muslims in selected European countries in 2019, by share of support for populist parties

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

June 24 to October 2, 2019

Number of respondents

13,320 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

* Respondents were asked about populist parties in their own country.

Further information about the methodology used to classify populist parties can be found here.

Respondents per country as follows:
Czech Republic 1,022
France 1,027
Germany 2,015
Greece 1,040
Hungary 1,030
Italy 1,028
Netherlands 1,000
Poland 1,030
Slovakia 1,012
Spain 1,069
Sweden 1,016
United Kingdom 1,031

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