Widespread Support for Banning Full Islamic Veil in Western Europe

A survey by the c, conducted April 7 to May 8, finds that the French public overwhelmingly endorses the face veil ban; 82% approve of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public, including schools, hospitals and government offices, while just 17% disapprove.

Majorities in Germany (71%), Britain (62%) and Spain (59%) would also support a similar ban in their own countries. In contrast, most Americans would oppose such a measure; 65% say they would disapprove of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public places compared with 28% who say they would approve.