Europe's anti-minority sentiment aimed at Roma

The most pervasive anti-minority attitudes are against the Roma in Europe, according to a research by Pew Research Center.

The Spring 2015 Global Attitudes Survey, held in 6 European states (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK) and published on June 2, found that the most widespread anti-minority sentiment is against the Roma. Many people in these countries expressed negative ratings for Muslims, too. The research shows that unfavourable views about Jews are less pervasive.

Italians, in particular, hold strong anti-Roma views, with 86% of Italians expressing negative opinions about Roma. In France 60%, in Poland 48%, in the UK 37%, in Spain 35%, and in Germany 34% have an unfavourable view of Roma.

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However, the research shows that positive views about Roma increased in general in the last year. The median over the six nations has grown from 38% favorable in 2014 to 47% this year.

As for the negative sentiments against Muslims, Italians again lead the list with 61% expressing an unfavorable view compared to 56% in Poland, 42% in Spain, 24% in Germany and France, 19% in the UK.

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The strongest anti-Semitic sentiment is in Poland, on the other hand. 28% of the Polish say they have an unfavorable opinion of Jews.

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