A biased survey causes controversy in France
A survey commissioned by the Jewish foundation of France on the topic “living together in France”, carried out by Ipsos over 18 months and published on Sunday by the weekly Journal du Dimanche (JDD) is accused of exacerbating social tensions in a French society still marked by the attacks of the 13th of November.
Beyond the results of the poll stating that French people widely appear to be intolerant with Muslim and Jewish French communities, it is the polling method used that is criticized. Both the choice of questions and the fact that pollsters sought out Jews and Muslims to respond are problematic.
For example, the question on “the problems (aggressive behaviours, insults, aggressions) that people personally encountered with various groups over the year” doesn’t allow making a difference with aggressions where the ethnic origin wasn’t relevant. There is also no possibility to report aggressions perpetrated by white people, except if you consider that all “catholic” are white and that you can spot a person’s religion at first sight during an altercation.
Consequently, the biased subjective questions, intending to demonstrate the rejection of Muslims and Jewish communities by French people and the level of anxiety among French Jews, lead to the perpetuation of old clichés.
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