Most Britons tolerant of Islam and Muslims, but strong minority isn’t


Most Britons tolerant of Islam and Muslims, but strong minority isn’t

The majority of Britons are tolerant of Islam and Muslims but a strong minority isn’t, a new poll has revealed.

The ComRes survey of over 2,000 people was conducted between October 15-16 and was commissioned by Muslim group MEND.

The survey found that:

• 58% of British adults agree Islamophobia is a real problem in today’s society.

• 48% agree prejudice against Islam makes it difficult to be a Muslim in this country.

• 47% say Britain is becoming less tolerant of Muslims.

• 38% say they would not be concerned if a member of their family married a Muslim.

• 43% say they would be concerned if a mosque was built in their neighborhood.

• 43% say Western liberal society can never be compatible with Islam.

In terms of who is to blame for Islamophobia in the UK:

• 58% blame the media.

• 59% blame Muslims abroad.

• 45% blame Muslims in the UK.

• 61% blame far right groups such as the EDL.

The poll comes a few weeks after Home Office figures revealed there has been a surge in hate crime against Muslims in England and Wales.

In 2017/18, just over half (52%) of religious hate crime offences were targeted against Muslims (2,965 offences). This is a much greater proportion than the proportion of the population in England and Wales who identify as Muslims (4.8 per cent of the population). The total number of hate incidents reached a record 94,098, from April 2017 to March 2018 – a rise of 17% from the previous year. Just over three-quarters of those – a total of 71,251 – were classified as “race hate” which was most probably also experienced by many Muslims…


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