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Share the post "Europe Shifts to the Right" In a poll conducted in February 2021, Fondapol asked voters in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK to place themselves on a left-right spectrum. In all four countries, self-described right-wing voters predominated. The average result was 39% on the right, 27% on the left, with the remainder placing themselves in the center. Even more concerning, younger voters 18-34 were even more likely to describe themselves as right-wing, suggesting that things are going to get even worse for the left in years to come. Immigration is viewed negatively: “On average, six out of ten citizens (60%) agree with the statement that “there are too many immigrants in our country” (compared to 36% who disagree and 4% who did not respond).” Left-wing

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In a poll conducted in February 2021, Fondapol asked voters in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK to place themselves on a left-right spectrum. In all four countries, self-described right-wing voters predominated. The average result was 39% on the right, 27% on the left, with the remainder placing themselves in the center. Even more concerning, younger voters 18-34 were even more likely to describe themselves as right-wing, suggesting that things are going to get even worse for the left in years to come. Immigration is viewed negatively: “On average, six out of ten citizens (60%) agree with the statement that “there are too many immigrants in our country” (compared to 36% who disagree and 4% who did not respond).”

Left-wing voters are not in favor of open borders: “Out of the four democracies studied here, supporters of left-wing parties are more likely to be “pro-closure” than “pro-opening up” the country in terms of migration, or in favour of keeping the status quo – with the exception of supporters of the Italian Democratic Party (Partito Democratico).”

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8. In France, 62% of citizens believe that Islam is a threat to the nation.

9. In France, the fear of Islam is widespread among those who place themselves in the right- wing bloc (81%). The question appears to be very divisive to those in the left-wing bloc: almost half of left-wing supporters (45%) agree with the item “Islam poses a threat to the nation”, while the other half (52%) disagree and 3% of respondents did not answer.

For a more detailed breakdown of the data, see at the link.

Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.

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