Participants in the World Values Survey were asked: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please sort out any that you would not like to have as neighbors? Muslims."
When I lived in California, my Pakistani neighbor had a bunch of photos in the back of his car he had taken of local government buildings. My wife noticed them and called the police. I never heard if it came to anything. I do know he was arrested at least once for beating his wife. Not a pleasant man. On the other hand, I shared a house with some college students, two of whom were a Muslim couple of Indian ancestry. They were cool, and the wife was hot (but boring).
But I digress. Here are the percentages listed by country who answered that they would not like to have a Muslim neighbor:
Percent not wanting a Muslim neighbor (sample size = 138,846)
South Korea 35.1
Czech Republic 24.3
South Africa 23.9
Serbia and Montenegro 16.7
Great Britain 15.5
Northern Ireland 15.4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 12.8
There is a lot there. Let me mention only a couple items, and of course others are free to comment. The most striking fact is that Turkey is the most anti-Muslim! So crazy--they're almost all Muslims. It looks like the people most familar with Muslims like them least. (I looked more closely at the data and found that others religions were over-sampled. Of the Muslim respondents, 32.4 percent did not want Muslim neighbors.) Second, some of the anti-Muslim sentiment appears to be good old-fashioned ethnocentrism that is more robust in more traditional countries. For example, Koreans don't hate Muslims; they hate everybody. Asian countries in general are more anti-Muslim (China is an important exception). Third, Latin Americans are toward the bottom of the list, but it goes without saying that nobody out-tolerates the West. Like Michael Jackson, we're lovers, not fighters (now, anyway).
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