UK/France/Germany: Gallup poll on sexual mores

UK/France/Germany: Gallup poll on sexual mores

The Gallup Coexist Index 2009 focuses on Muslims in France, Germany and the UK and their attitudes towards integration.  This article focuses on Muslim attitudes towards sexual mores.  Unsurprisingly, Muslims are quite more conservative than the general population and tend to see pornography, adultery, abortion etc. as morally wrong.  It is interesting that the survey asks about attitudes towards affairs, for example, but not about attitudes towards polygamy.

I glanced through the report (see Gallup Coexist Index 2009) and there are several interesting points about this issue:
1. French Muslims are much more open (ie, less conservative) in their views, followed by the German and finally the British Muslims.
2. Honor killings and crimes of passion are seen by most Muslims as morally wrong (2%-4%).  The French general public are somewhat of an exception in the survey - 7% think crimes of passion are morally acceptable.

Btw, both German and British Muslims identify with Germany and the UK, respectively, much more than the general population.  I hope to write more in the upcoming days about the survey conclusions.


Muslims in Britain have zero tolerance towards homosexuality compared to their counterparts in France and Germany, according to a survey published today .

The Gallup poll features the results of telephone and face-to-face interviews with Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK, France and Germany and is designed to measure global attitudes towards people from different faith traditions.

It shows that British Muslims hold more conservative opinions towards homosexual acts, abortion, viewing pornography, suicide and sex outside marriage than European Muslims, polling markedly lower when asked if they believed these things were morally acceptable.

The most dramatic contrast was found in attitudes towards homosexuality. None of the 1,001 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable. The acceptability rate was highest among French Muslims at 35%. A question on pornography also elicited different reactions, with French and German Muslims more likely than British Muslims to believe that watching or reading pornography was morally acceptable.

On the issue of sexual relations between unmarried men and women, general populations surveyed express similar views, with the majority believing it was acceptable. But the Muslim populations polled again reflected greater diversity on the matter. French Muslims ranked highest again, with 48% believing it was acceptable, followed by 27% of German Muslims responding favourably. British Muslims came last, with only 3% of those questioned personally believing that sex between unmarried men and women was moral. There was a similar outcome when asked for their views on extra-marital affairs.

The survey, the Gallup Coexist Index 2009, concluded that while European Muslims not only accepted but welcomed the freedoms, democratic institutions, justice, and human rights that characterised their societies, their perceived lack of integration was often explained by their rejection of liberal, sexual mores.


Source: UTV News (English), h/t Weasel Zippers

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