Poland Poland


Roguska B., Center for Public Opinion Research (Fundcja Centrum Badań Opinii Społecznej) (2012), Social attitude towards followers of other religions (Społeczne postawy wobec wyznawców innych religii), Warsaw

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Type of publication

Survey - quantitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Survey research organisation


Poland, Center for Public Opinion Research | Fundcja Centrum Badań Opinii Społecznej

Main Thematic Focus

Public perceptions & attitudes Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

General population

Key findings

Due to the religious homogeneity of Polish society, Poles often do not know personally any followers of religions other than Catholic. Only 13% of the respondents declared they know at least one Muslim. The social acceptance of specific social roles by representatives of religious minorities (neighbour, boss, son-in-law) varies from religion to religion. Poles are more likely to accept Christians, for example Protestants, and less likely to accept Jehovah witnesses, Muslims or Buddhists. 78% of the respondents would not have any objections if Muslim was their colleague (14% would be against), 79% if Muslim was their neighbour (13% would be against) and 75% if Muslim was their boss (17% against). It turned out that respondents were less likely to accept Muslim as their family member. 40% of the respondents would not have any objections if a Muslim was their son-in-law or daughter-in-law while 43% of the respondents would be against it. Comparing to outcomes of the similar study conducted in 2001, this one shows that in the recent years Poles have become more open to new religions and social distance to followers of other religions has weakened.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Quantitative research. The questionnaire-based survey was conducted from 5 to 12 July 2012 on a representative sample of 960 adults.

Sample details and representativeness

960 survey respondents (no detailed data about the respondents or sampling methodology available).

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