More about Dutch public opinion and Wilders' film Fitna
The following data are from an opinion poll conducted by Maurice de Hond.
[b]Yesterday, the film Fitna has been released on the internet. Have you seen the film?[/b]
22% Yes, seen it in full on the net
8% Yes, seen it in part on the net
24% Yes, seen fragments on television
The category who's seen the film in full or in part on the net (total: 30%) ranges from 55% of the voters of Wilders' Freedom Party and 40% of VVD voters to 23-28% of the voters of the other five main parties.
[b]Qualifications of this film (among those who have seen it):[/b]
76% Cut and paste job
65% Publicity stunt
30% "Wanstaltig" (roughly translated: horrible, monstrous, a miscreation)
Freedom Party voters who saw the film considered it truthful (93%) and careful (76%), but even among them only 49% qualified it as "intelligent", and 64% labelled it a cut-and-paste job.
Voters of the rightwing liberal VVD were ambivalent (truthful, 69%; cut/paste work, 63%; publicity stunt, 49%; careful, 47%), and voters of the Christian Democrats were more critical but still ambivalent as well (publicity stunt, 75%; cut/paste work, 72%; truthful, 55%; exaggerated, 53%; careful, 51%).
Voters of the small, more stringently religious Christian Union were unabashedly critical, on the other hand (publicity stunt, 90%; exaggerated, 90%; cut/paste work, 85%; anti-climax, 77%; hateful, 77%). They were in fact more critical than voters of the Labour Party and the Socialist Party, though those too, of course, picked only negative qualifications (cut/paste job, publicity stunt, exaggerated, anticlimax). Socialist voters were slightly less willing to brand the film "hateful" than Labour voters though (48% vs 59%).
By far the most resolutely critical were Green Left voters (copy/paste job, 100%; exaggerated, 97%; publicity stunt, 88%; hateful, 83%; "wanstaltig", 78%).
Respondents who had seen the film were also asked to grade it
, between 1 and 10 (10 = top grade). Grouping the grades together, the results are as follows:
8% / 9-10.
22% / 7-8.
22% / 5-6.
17% / 3-4.
31% / 1-2.
Some other questions - noteworthy is the overwhelmingly positive evaluation of the way Muslims and Islamic organisations in the Netherlands have responded to the film (see bottom).
[i]Would you consider it justified if there were negative reactions about the Netherlands in Islamic countries?[/i]
Yes 14%; No 81%
[i]Should Wilders be prosecuted for this film?[/i]
Yes 18%; No 75%
[i]Does the film give a good impression of Islam?[/i]
12% Yes, it does
72% It gives an impression of the extremism of a specific group
[i]Do you think Islam over time will constitute a serious threat for the Netherlands?[/i]
Yes 43%; No 53%
[i]There are people who say that every religion has a group of fundamentalists, and that there is little difference on this count between Christianity and Islam? Do you agree with this?[/i]
Yes 54%; No 44%
[i]What is your judgement of the way in which Muslims and Islamic organisations in the Netherland have reacted to the film?[/i]
15% Very positive
1% Very negative