9/11 attacks reduced Dutch tolerance

5th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The events of 11 September 2001 have made the Dutch less tolerant, according to a poll commissioned by Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Pollster Maurice de Hond found that 73 percent of the 1,500 people interviewed said minority views and customs were tolerated more before the attack on the World Trade Centre happened. The poll results were published on Monday.

When political preferences are taken into consideration, a clear left/right split emerges. About 80 percent of Socialist Party and GreenLeft voters say that tolerance has diminished and 92 percent of Labour Party voters share that view. On the right side of the political spectrum, less than half the Freedom Party voters say the Dutch have become less tolerant.

Islam   At 53 percent, just over half the respondents say they don't believe it has become harder to discuss "certain subjects" after 9/11. A minority of 30 percent, however, disagrees. They say Islam and the multicultural society in particular have become less easy to discuss. Yet, 57 percent agree that even after the 9/11 attacks they feel free to say whatever they like about Islam.

As to the effects of anti-terrorism measures, one question asked was whether the Dutch government appears to have become more reluctant about releasing information. A 58 percent majority said yes, it has. The proportion of Freedom Party voters that suspects the authorities of withholding information is greater, at 78 percent. 42 percent of the people polled say freedom of expression was in a better condition before the attacks in the US.

Al-Qaeda On Sujnday it will be ten years since the Twin Towers attack, the Pentagon plane crash and the one in Pennsylvania. Three thousand people were killed in the coordinated attacks carried out by 19 members of Osama bin-Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network. 

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