Conducted by the newspaper Bild together with research institute INSA, the poll showed a dramatic change in the attitude of the German population to Islam over the past year. In January 2015, 37 percent of people said that Islam had a place in Germany, but the figure in the latest poll dropped by 15 percentage points to just 22 percent.
The suspicion towards Islam is overwhelming among AfD voters, 92 percent of whom supported their party’s stance, but was spread among members of other parties as well. Only supporters of the Green party were more in favor of Islam than against it (42 percent vs 39 percent).
30 percent said they would not like to live alongside Muslim people
The negative attitude toward the religion does not directly translate into mistrust toward those adhering to it however. Less than 30 percent said they would not like to live alongside Muslim people, while almost half said they were fine with it.
What the attitude toward Islam does appear to reflect is the fear of so-called “Islamization.” Forty-six percent of Germans said they were concerned that their country could be taken over by proponents of political Islam.
The AfD, or Alternative for Germany, adopted its new party program last week, which has an entire section called “Islam is not part of Germany.” Among other things, the party wants to ban the construction of mosques and public wearing of the burqa, the full-cover clothing women wear in some Muslim countries.