Are there too many Jews in France? How would you react if your daughter married a Muslim? These are some of the opinions sought by a poll on racism in France published Sunday that has caused as much of a stir for its questions as its answers.
Le Monde among others have taken issue with the survey citing small sample sizes and vague definitions resulting in leading questions.
The Fondation du judaïsme français commissioned the poll, here’s the Jerusalem Post’s take – Poll: Most Frenchmen believe Jews responsible for rise in anti-Semitism
The poll question shown asks – “You, during the year, did you personally encounter problems (insults, aggressions ) with one or more people from the following groups?
Like yourself I’m frankly shocked at the survey result to that question.
The Ipsos survey results can be read here – but you will need to translate them- here’s a pidkin sample
If it is known that periods of crisis foster hostility against minorities, foreigners, in a word “other” responses against various groups show that feelings of hostility do not wear primarily on Jews but on Roma, Muslims and North Africans:
80% of the French consider that the vast majority of Roma is poorly integrated
Only 29% of French believe that the majority of Muslim people is well integrated, 44% think that one half is well integrated, the other not, and 27% believe that the majority of them are poorly integrated).
89% of French people who think that Muslims are poorly integrated believe that “it is because they were down on themselves and refuse to open up to society”