Europeans Greatly Overestimate the Muslim Population

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Actual percentage of Muslims in the French population, though a new Ipsos Mori survey finds that “members of the public in European states including France, Belgium, Germany and the UK greatly overestimate their country’s Muslim population and the rate at which it is growing. … The average French estimate was that 31% of the population was Muslim – almost one in three residents. According to Pew Research, France’s Muslim population actually stood at 7.5% in 2010, or one in 13 people. … The French were not the only ones to hold such misconceptions: Italian, German and Belgian respondents all guessed that more than a fifth of the resident population was Muslim, while in reality the figure ranges from 3.7% in Italy to 7% in Belgium.

GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Back Trump’s Muslim Ban


Of GOP voters in Pennsylvania exit polls Tuesday said they support “temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S.” In New York last week, the number was 68 percent. “What was once furious Republican opposition to Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. has turned to virtual silence in the face of widespread GOP voter approval.”

— Byron York, Washington Examiner

Majority Thinks U.S. Takes in Too Many Middle East Immigrants


Of Americans, including about three-quarters of Republicans, about half of independents and over a third of Democrats, say the United States takes in too many immigrants from the Middle East, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. By contrast, 46% of Americans, including 6 in 10 Republicans, slightly under half of independents and 3 in 10 Democrats, said the U.S. takes too many immigrants from Latin America.

More than Half of U.S. Governors Against Admitting Syrian Refugees


Number of U.S. Governors who say they are opposed to letting Syrian refugees seek asylum in their state. “The political calculus behind these gestures becomes apparent when you look at new polling data released today by the Public Religion Research Institute, which finds that a majority of Americans — 56 percent — say that the values of Islam are “at odds” with America’s values and way of life. This is up significantly from 2011, when only 47 percent of Americans said this.”

Trump: U.S. May ‘Have to’ Shut Down Mosques

Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice.

— Leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the United States will have “absolutely no choice” but to close down some mosques where “some bad things are happening,” Politico reports.