The vast majority of the Dutch population don’t or scarcely ever have any contact with Muslims or are even open to the possibility. This was shown in a random survey among more than a thousand Dutch respondents commissioned by the EO, the Dutch Evangelical Broadcasting Station. 80 percent don’t or hardly ever have contact with Muslims. Of this percentage only 5 percent is said to be open to a the possibility of meeting Muslims.
The research was executed right after the rise of the terror group IS last summer. More than half of the respondents expressed that their view of Islam became more negative. 60 percent felt threatened, 20 percent of which felt personally threatened. The research didn’t show a differentiation between non-believers and churchgoers. Both are equally negative about Islam.