Estimated and actual Muslim population share in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2016

The statistic displays the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos of the perceived and actual Muslim population share in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2018. The survey results show that as of 2018, there was a significant gap between the public perception and actual share of the population who were Muslim in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
Survey respondents in the Netherlands estimated that one fifth of the population were Muslim, whereas this figure increased to over 25 percent among Belgian survey participants. In reality, just five percent of the population in the Netherlands and in Belgium was Muslim in 2018.

Out of every 100 people, about how many do you think are Muslim?*

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Sources

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Ipsos
Release date

December 2018

Region

Belgium, Netherlands

Survey time period

September 28, 2018 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

500 respondents

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Out of every 100 people in [COUNTRY], about how many do you think are Muslim?"

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.

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