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As to opinion about Muslims, the US actually has a more favorable view than many European publics (from July 14, 2005 Pew poll):

Percentage viewing Muslims as either positive or somewhat positive in various Western countries:

US: 57%
Canada: 60%
Great Britain: 72%
France: 64%

No here's the drop off:

Germany: 40%
Spain: 46%
Netherlands: 45%
Poland: 46%

I'd imagine the Danish numbers would be similar to those of Germany and the Netherlands.

by Ben P (wbp@u.washington.edu) on Thu Feb 9th, 2006 at 12:06:55 AM EST
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Just a word of caution though.

I think the "trend" for Germany is right. But the particularly low numbers in this poll (done in spring 2005) might be related to a whole bunch of honour killings during that time in Germany.

According to a "Die Zeit" article (in German), there were five honour killings in Berlin alone during the four months before that article was published. The one most widely published (and making it number 6) was the murder of "Hatun Sürücu" in February 2005.

That shocked a lot of Germans. Especially after reading in newspapers that a school principal had overheard three pupils of Turkish origin justifying the murder afterwards by saying that she had lived like a "German".

In the aftermath of that murder, the media for the first time wrote about honour killings, forced marriages and so on. Leaving a lot of Germans with a distinctly uneasy feeling.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Thu Feb 9th, 2006 at 12:22:43 PM EST
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