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AUSSDA – The Austrian Social Science Data Archive (2018), Einstellungen zu Muslimen in Österreich - Ergebnisse des Sozialen Survey 2018. AUSSDA – The Austrian Social Science Data Archive (2018), Social Survey Austria, Attitudes towards Muslims in Austria.

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Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



AUSSDA – The Austrian Social Science Data Archive

Main Thematic Focus

Public perceptions & attitudes

Target Population

General population

Key findings

For a closer look at attitudes towards Muslims, 11 indicators were used. The objective of the scale used was to survey fears of terrorism and to focus on perceptions of a cultural threat. In addition, Muslims are in many European countries are confronted with strict demands for cultural adaptation and it is often highlights their backwardness in comparison with European society. This Tendencies are indeed evident in the Austrian population. Nearly 90% of the Austrians believe that Muslims must adapt to our culture, about 80% advocate greater monitoring of Islamic communities and 60% fear that under that Muslims are terrorists.

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

quantitative, the questionnaire consists of annual modules of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), which are surveyed in about 45 countries, and of a national section with questions on current social issues in Austria. The surveys are based on representative samples of the Austrian resident population aged 18 and over.

Sample details and representativeness

1,200 (representative, random sample out of the Austrian population aged 18 and over

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