More Than Half of Czechs Don't Want to Live Next Door to a Muslim

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Which people do Czechs not want as their neighbors? Scientists from Masaryk University in Brno have done surveys regularly at intervals since 1991.

The results presented last week, however, have shown to be different from the past. It reflects a change in the political situation, problems with terrorism, Muslims, and migration.

Majority of Czech people mainly do not want drug addicts, alcoholics, criminals, Roma, immigrants, and Muslims as their neighbors. On the other hand, most respondents seem to be more accepting of Jews and homosexuals.

Data from a longitude study, "Values and attitudes in the Czech Republic 1991-2017”, was conducted by scientists from the Institute of Population Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. The result is a total of 243 graphs describing the current attitudes of Czechs to their own lives, family, friends or employment, and various social aspects. Comparison data comes from 1991, 1999, 2008, and 2017. The most recent survey was collected from 1,812 respondents. 

According to the study, Czechs feel the happiest about their lives during this time of the research. In other respects, however, there seems to be a growing intolerance towards certain groups of people. For example, 23% of Czech people did not want Muslims as their neighbors, while this increased to 58% in 2017. At the same time intervals, 23% of Czech people did not want immigrants and foreign laborers and this had increased to 60% last year. 

The following is a list of people who Czechs do not want as their neighbors (data taken from “Values and attitudes in the Czech Republic 1991-2017" ):

  • Drug addicts - 83%
  • Alcoholics - 76%
  • Roma - 64%
  • People with a criminal history - 62%
  • Immigrants, foreign workers - 60%
  • Muslims - 58%
  • HIV positive - 38%
  • Right-wing extremists - 36%
  • Left-wing extremists - 34%
  • People of a different race - 33%
  • Homosexuals - 24% (in 1991 it was up to 51%)
  • Emotively unbalanced people - 23%
  • Very large families - 19%
  • Jews - 18%
  • Christians - 12%

Author: Alyssa Malinis

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