IFOP poll suggests French Muslims torn between traditional and modern relationships

According to a recently released IFOP poll, French Muslims are torn between tradition and modernity when it comes to relationships and marriage. Done for an online dating service, the poll found huge opposition to both polygamy and arranged marriages.

The poll suggests that the group’s value system remains “impregnated” with a moral code which views sex as legitimate only within a marriage and which strongly influences marriage partner choices. The poll found that 84% opposed the legalization of polygamy in France, while 83% reject the notion that parents should choose spouses for their children. Roughly three out of four (73%) are against sex outside marriage, while 53% said they were unwilling to marry a non-Muslim.

The telephone poll involved 503 respondents interviewed Nov. 23-24, 2010. The poll’s margin of error is between 1.3 and 4.4 percentage points, according to Ifop.