Analyzing European Views of Muslims

Two polls conducted well before gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo say a lot about the state of relations between France and its Muslim population, the largest in Europe.

An ICM Research poll last year found that 16% of the French had a “favorable” view of Islamic State. More than 27% of those ages 18 to 24 said they viewed the extremist movement favorably, while 22% of 25-to-34-year-olds reported a favorable view.

It was the highest favorable rate among three major European powerhouses. In contrast, only 2% of Germans and 7% of Britons reported a favorable view of the extremist movement…

…An estimated 6 million Muslims live in France, which is roughly 10% of the country’s 64 million people. Islam has become France’s second-largest religion, largely because of immigration but also because of converts…

Related, a different poll: 57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll