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Userneeds’ panel members agree: Muslims are the most exposed group when it comes to prejudices / stigmas and false stereotypes

April 10th, 2019

We have asked our panel members in the Nordics and Ireland what group they find to be most exposed to prejudices in their country and the majority in all of the panels answer muslims. In other words, between 27 percent (Sweden) and 37 percent (Norway) have chosen that option. When it comes to other groups, however, the panel members tend to agree less.

When asked the question: According to you what minority is exposed to the most prejudices / stigmas / false stereotypes? We gave our panel members the following options:

  • Muslims
  • Jews
  • Unemployed people
  • Overweight people
  • Disabled people
  • Vegetarians/vegans
  • Other
  • No group experiences judgements
  • Don’t know

As mentioned nearly one third in each panel have chosen ”Muslims” as their answer. According to Userneeds’ members Muslims are thus the group who experience most prejudices. ”Overweight people” takes second place in all the panels except for Sweden and Ireland where this category has only been chosen by respectively one and 11 percent compared to 14, 15 and 17 percent in Denmark, Norway and Finland.

For the Irish panel members the second most chosen category is instead ”Unemployed people” chosen by 14 percent. For the Swedish panel members ”Disabled people” is the second most chosen option chosen by 18 percent. The latter is the third most chosen category if we look at all the countries.

Two groups really seem to make the panel members disagree though. 12 percent of the Swedish and Finnish panel members for example believe ”Vegetarians/vegans” are exposed to the most stigma, whereas the same go for just 0-2 percent in Denmark, Norway and Ireland. The same gap is seen with the category ”Jews”. In Finland and Ireland 0-1 percent have chosen the option ”Jews” when it comes to the group who is most exposed to predujices, whereas between 8-15 percent in Denmark, Sweden and Norway believe jews to be the most stigmatised group in their country.