Norway: 25% think there are too many Muslims
Via NRK (Norwegian):
Norstat recently conducted an opinion survey for Norwegian broadcaster NRK to check the attitudes of Norwegians towards Islam.
65% said they don't have a Muslim among their acquaintances. 42% were OK with a family member marrying a Muslim, compared with 21% who weren't.
25% agreed with the statement that there were too many Muslims in Norway, 49% disagreed. 24% thought Islam is a threat to Norwegian culture, while 54% disagreed.
The opinion poll shows signs of change in Norwegian's attitudes towards Islam.
Anders Ravik Jupskås of the Department of Political Science at Oslo University says that this "shows a kind of July 22 effect, in which we maybe see a more positive attitude towards a multicultural Norway."
Men were more skeptic towards Islam than women, and those with a low-education level were more skeptic than those with a hgiher-education level. There were also regional differences. 6% of Oslo residents very much agreed with the statement that Islam is a threat to Norwegian culture, compared with 20% in the Sørlandet region.
Jupskås points out that the trend is for people who know some Muslims to be more positive than those who don't know any. He says similar polls in other European countries show that a higher proportion of Muslims doesn't necessarily lead to more prejudices.