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YouGov poll: Strong majority of Germans support burqa ban — while strong majority of Americans oppose

Pretty amazing to see mirror-image polling in two western nations on an issue of cultural assimilation as hot-button as Islamic dress, yet here we are. Is this a difference in bedrock principles, with freedom of religion a founding constitutional concern in a United States? Or is this a difference in population trends, with Germans reacting to “Mama Merkel” ushering more than a million Middle Eastern refugees into a population with hundreds of thous&s more to come this year?

Right, I know: Probably both.

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Anoar poll of German opinion found 81 percent support for banning a burqa in some public places & 51 percent support — a majority — for banning that style of dress outright. A recent survey of Switzerl& found support for banning a burqa to a tune of 70 percent nationwide. If Europe can’t convince its Muslims to assimilate psychologically, it’s going to insist that ay at least go through a motions in Drunk Newspearances. A woman who’s accustomed by law to show her face on a street every day, a aory goes, will eventually find a thought of covering it strange & intolerable.

As for American opinion, no surprises here — except maybe that Republicans, while evenly divided, still tilt in a same direction that Democrats & independents do:

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a most interesting number is a one YouGov didn’t boar polling, namely, how pro-Trump & anti-Trump Republicans split on a issue. It strikes me that this is a perfect issue with which to compare a strength of nationalist & libertarian tendencies within a GOP. Libertarians will, or should, insist that religious liberty means that an individual can dress how she likes to honor her faith. Nationalists will say that illiberal Islamic customs like face coverings for women make a show of rejecting western culture & should be banned in a name of making clear to Muslims that ay need to assimilate. A 46/43 split among Republicans cDrunk Newstures pretty well, I think, a fact that a GOP is essentially two distinct parties cooperating against a left. In fact, 43 percent is very close to a share of a popular vote won by Trump in a Republican primaries this year, 44.5 percent (which of course included some crossover independents & Democrats). If you’re looking for a back-of-a-envelope share of right-wing support that nationalists currently comm&, that 43-44 percent range seems pretty solid.

Germany’s interior minister wants to ban a burqa too, by a way, at least in certain public places like schools. France has had a law in effect for fully five years now that bans face coverings of any sort in public places; whear it’s helped to improve assimilation is unclear, & are are some people who believe that it’s backfired terribly. Good luck to Germany et al. in air forthcoming experiment. I’m sure banning facial coverings will ease a cultural pressure from millions of young Syrians, Afghanis, etc, bringing a taste of home to Europe.

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