WORLD TREND Large majority of Germans agree with Seehofer's statement on Islam
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Horst Seehofer receives a lot of encouragement for his statement that Islam does not belong to Germany. 76 percent of Germans agree with him. However, he receives the strongest support from supporters of other parties.
I In politics, the question is currently being discussed highly emotionally: Is Islam part of Germany? Already in 2010, former German President Christian Wulff (CDU) made it clear that for him the answer is "yes". Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) based his statement. But now the debate flares up again.
Because the new Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) contradicted both of them in an interview: "No. Islam does not belong to Germany. "Germany is characterized by Christianity. However, he adds: "The Muslims living with us naturally belong to Germany". Thus the topic was set new – and was up and down discussed in politics.
But how do the Germans stand to Seehofer's statement, "Islam does not belong to Germany, but only the Muslims living here?" More than three quarters of the Germans (in total 76 percent) agree with the statement. "Totally agree" is with 61 percent thereby the most selected answer option. 15 percent opted for "rather agree". This is the result of the WELT-Trends, a representative survey that was exclusively commissioned by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of WELT.
On the other hand, 20 percent of the Germans contradict Seehofer in the question. About every tenth German does not agree with Seehofer. Four percent are "undecided."
Most supporters of FDP and AfD  Regarding the sympathy for the individual parties Seehofer receives a lot of support from his own ranks: 88 percent of the Union supporters agree with the statement, 70 percent even "completely". Only followers of the FDP (91 percent) and the AfD (95 percent) Seehofer's statement gets even more approval. But the supporters of the SPD (51 percent) and the left (57 percent) agree to the statement by a majority.
Only the supporters of the Greens contradict Seehofer majority (57 percent). But also among the SPD supporters (43 percent) and the left-wing supporters (37 percent) are large camps that do not share his opinion. Significantly less are the CDU (10 percent), the FDP (5 percent) and the AfD (4 percent).
The place of residence also seems to characterize the opinion of the people living there.) People from very rural areas agree with Seehofer's statement much more frequently (79 percent) than people from cities (67 percent) On the other hand, whether people live in Germany in the East or West makes little difference in East Germany, where 79 percent agree with the statement, and 76 percent in the West.
Majorities for Seehofer's statement can be found in all age groups . People between 40 and 49 are most likely to vote (82 percent), while people who are older than 65 (79 percent) are in second place Fifty to 64-year-olds and fourth place the 30 to 39-year-olds, the least agree with the 18 and 29-year-olds (65 percent), but here is a clear majority.
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In this WORLD trend was the question: "What do you think about the statement of Interior Minister Seehofer, Islam does not belong to Germany, but only the Muslims living here?" The polling firm Civey considered the representative result is the responses of 5,100 participants between March 16 and 18, 2018. The statistical error of the results is 2.5 percent. Only answers from registered and verified users are included. Civey corrects bias through a multi-level weighting process. Further information on the methodology can be found on "welt.de" or in the Civey white paper.