The Political Salience of the Burqa Ban

Henning Meyer from the Social Europe Journal turned my attention to this report of the Pew Global Attitudes Project measuring the public approval of the ban of face-covering veils (burqas). What I did was to compare the data for the approval rate with the percentage of the Muslim population in the respective countries (data was obtained from the 2009 report of the Pew Research Center). Not surprisingly, there is a strong positive correlation between the percentage of Muslim population and the support for the burqa ban (correlation= 0,84, R2=0,71).

The US citizens are somewhat more tolerant than the average and Britons somewhat less, but the overall correlation is quite strong.

This post is cross-posted on Think 3: Developing World.

2 responses to “The Political Salience of the Burqa Ban

  1. Very interesting. It would also be interesting to look at urban versus rural populations, and to break down US support (and demographics) by state.

  2. Вихър Георгиев

    Yeah, there’s definitely a lot that can be done with more granular data.

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