Minaret initiative divides opinion

A proposal by rightwing political parties to ban the construction of minarets appears to have limited backing among the Swiss.

This content was published on April 24, 2009 - 15:43

Around 37 per cent of respondents said they agreed with the ban, while nearly 50 per cent came out against the proposal, according to a survey published on Friday.

A further 14 per cent of those interviewed said they were undecided.

The poll was carried out among 1,000 people in the German and French-speaking regions a month ago on behalf of the Protestant church newspaper, Reformiert.

The report says most supporters of the proposal consider themselves close to the Swiss People's Party.

The House of Representatives in March overwhelmingly recommended rejection of the proposal, but no date has been set for the nationwide vote.

In Switzerland, only the mosques in Geneva, Zurich, Wangen near Olten and Winterthur have minarets.

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