A new study showed that the Germans are on the whole tolerant, however, when it came to Islam, they were not. But the survey also found that irrespective of faith, the Germans shows wide support for democracy. It showed that the majority of the citizens in Germany were open to the world views.
In contrast to the 87% of the Germans who were open to other worldviews, the study found 52% of them percived Islam as a threat. The religious expert of the foundation that carried out the research, Yasemin El-Menouar said that many people in the present times perceived Islam to be a politcal ideology rathern than a religion and hence chose to exclude it from religious tolerances.
She said that the media reports and the social debates in the recent years have contributed in putting Islam to a negative light. She said that this was a further cause of concern as such fears over the religion of Islam could be exploited by the far-right populist groups.
One of the main reasons for the change in attitudes of the Germans towards the religion of Islam is the exceeding numbers of crimes committed by the refugees and the asylum seekers including the cases of sexual assault in Cologne in New Year 2015, this further provided a widespread reason for increased worries among the Germans.
Another survey that was revealed in 2017 found that about 29% of the Germans in the country had negative opinions about the Muslims in the country, the same survey also showed that about 69% of the Italians had negative views about the Muslims in the country.