• France: 49,000 readers at Le Figaro, by a 73%-27% margin, would vote to Ban new minarets in their country.
24,000 readers at L’Express agreed by an 86%-12% margin, with 2% undecided. A leading columnist, Ivan Rioufol of Le Figaro, wrote an article titled “Homage to the Resistance of the Swiss People.” President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying that “the people, in Switzerland as in France, don’t want their country to change, that it be denatured. They want to keep their identity.”
• Germany: 29.000 readers at Der Spiegel voted 76%-21%, with 2% undecided, to Ban minarets in Germany. 17,000 readers of Die Welt voted 82-16 in favor of “Yes, I feel cramped by minarets”
over “No, freedom of religion is constrained.”
• Spain: 14,000 readers of 20 Minutos voted 93%-6%
in favor of the statement “Good, we must curb Islamization’s growing presence”
and against “Bad, it is an obstacle to the integration of immigrants.” 35,000 readers of El MUndo replied 80%-20% that they support a Swiss-like Banning of minarets.
Although not scientific, the Lop-sidedness of these (and other) polls, ranging from 73% to 93% majorities endorsing the Swiss referendum, signal that Swiss voters represent growing anti-Islamic sentiments throughout Europe
. The new amendment also validates and potentially encourages resistance to Islamization throughout the continent.
For these reasons, the Swiss vote represents a possible turning point for European Islam.
Dec. 9, 2009 update: (1) A scientific poll of Belgians
sponsored by Le Soir weekly and carried out by iVOX finds that 59.3% of the Belgian population favors a Swiss-like Prohibition on building new minarets and 56.7% want to ban the building of mosques.
The poll of 1,050 persons was taken on December 3-5 and has an accuracy of within 3%.