Many Young Britons Do Not Trust Muslims, Poll Finds

Rosa Silverman, Telegraph (London), September 25, 2013

More than a quarter of young adults in Britain mistrust Muslims, a BBC survey shows.

Some 27% of the thousand 18 to 24-year-olds questioned said they did not trust them, while fewer than three in 10 (29%) thought Muslims were doing enough to tackle extremism in their communities.

A similar proportion of the young people polled (28%) said the country would be better off with fewer Muslims and almost half (44%) felt Muslims did not share the same values as everyone else.

The BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat survey was carried out by the pollsters Comres in June after the soldier Lee Rigby was murdered in the street in Woolwich, south east London, in May.

Despite its findings on the degree to which Muslims were mistrusted, it showed that young adults were more likely to agree (48%) than disagree (27%) that Islam is a peaceful religion.

They were also found to be divided over the question of whether immigration is good for the UK.

Around two fifths (42%) believe it is a good thing but more than a third disagree (35%), the survey showed.

Terror groups operating in foreign countries were held responsible for Islamophobia in Britain by 26% of respondents, while 23% blamed the media and 21% placed the blame on UK Muslims who have committed terrorist acts.

Akeela Ahmed, from the cross-government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, said: “These findings indicate that we need to ensure young people are mixing at local levels and that they’re working on projects together so that people can get to know Muslims and vice versa.”

Matthew Goodwin, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham and another of the group’s members, said every survey run by himself or his academic colleagues clearly showed that a “significant proportion” of the British public harboured negative views of Islam.

This suggested, by extension, that they also felt negatively about British Muslim communities, he added.

Levels of distrust of other religious groups were lower, meanwhile.

Of the young adults polled, 16% said they did not trust Hindus or Sikhs, 15% said they did not trust Jews, 13% mistrusted Buddhists and 12% did not trust Christians

A recent YouGov poll found that 61% of people wanted a ban on burkas in Britain.

But those aged 18 to 39 were much less likely to agree with the idea of a ban than those aged 40 or older.

MPs have called for a national debate on the issue following controversies over whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil at a Birmingham college and in the dock during a London court case.

The Muslim Council of Britain claimed in July that there had been an “unprecedented escalation of violence” against Muslims and mosques since Fusilier Rigby’s killing.

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  • Luca

    Muslims deserve mistrust just as a rattlesnake does, they have earned it. The so-called “moderate” Muslims, do not march in the street to protest their radical elements, but are more concerned about blaming non-muslims for the image they project.

  • Spartacus

    Why wouldn’t anyone trust muslims ?

  • “Many young Britons do not trust Muslims.”


    But what are they going to be able to do about it?

    Tommy Robinsion just turned Judas and quit the EDL. Though from the various things I’m reading about that, that might be more of a feature than a bug.

  • Nathanwartooth

    “Of the young adults polled, 16% said they did not trust Hindus or Sikhs, 15% said they did not trust Jews, 13% mistrusted Buddhists and 12% did not trust Christians”

    So about 12% of people don’t trust religious people at all.

    • David Ashton

      How many of those who did not trust Jews, Sikhs, Hindus or Christians were Muslims?

    • Sangraal

      I got the impression those figures were swayed by Dawkins-esque atheists who would make a point of distrusting all religions. The closeness of the figures suggest so. Or, of course, Muslims, as David Ashton mentions.
      I wonder if Muslims were included in the survey as a whole? If so, it would be interesting to see a breakdown of the stats, to see if they Muslim sample skews the overall figure. If this is the case, the percentage of non-Muslims with a negative opinion of Islam/Muslims would be much higher.

  • David Ashton

    Given the continual brainwashing of our young people in school, these percentages are not quite as discouraging as they might seem.

  • joesolargenius

    No matter where you go in this world the light skinned people don’t trust the dark skinned ones and usually for good reason, the Cubans use to joke that if Elian Gonzalez had been black they would have thrown him back into the Ocean,

  • [Guest]

    For a poll of this sort to be useful for anything other than social engineering and propaganda, it would have to be compared to an equally thorough poll conducted BEFORE the fundamental transformation of the country.

    The meaning of “young adults in Britain” in 2013 is a million miles away from the meaning of the same phrase in 1963 or 1913.

  • 1. The “extremist elements in the EDL” you refer to are probably proper nationalists.

    2. If he’s working effectively, it’s no longer for anything resembling our cause, or even the EDL’s watered down kiddie pool nationalism. He’s now saying that the only problem with Muslims is that they don’t believe egalitarian diversitarian ideology enough, and if they did, everything would be hunky dory.

    • David Ashton

      The EDL lacked discipline and some of its members lack self-discipline. Whatever its “nationalism”, chaotic hoolganism and “neo-narcissism” are no advantage, even if there was a sympathetic mass-media.

    • Sangraal

      I thought Tommy Robinson might be coming round more to our side, because in the most recent interview with him that I saw (after the Woolwich incident), he mentioned the high Muslim birthrate, which is the real existential threat to European nations, and the issue that a real ethno-nationalist would be concerned about, rather than the more kosher ‘failure to assimilate to our liberal values’ line that the EDL (& Ukip) peddle. Apparently not.
      But I’m not surprised, or disappointed, because I expected nothing from them. The more mainstream nationalism/the far-right/etc tries to be, the narrower the parameters of what’s acceptable become. It’s an uphill struggle.

  • me

    I guess some people have to learn the hard way about ‘diversity’ and Muslim hate.

    • Greg Thomas

      Gee, what’s not to “trust.’

    • Sangraal

      A picture says a thousand words…
      See also-

  • JohnEngelman

    Akeela Ahmed, from the cross-government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, said: “These findings indicate that we need to ensure young people are mixing at local levels and that they’re working on projects together so that people can get to know Muslims and vice versa.”

    – Rosa Silverman, Telegraph (London), September 25, 2013

    If proximity dispelled prejudice, Southern whites would be the least prejudiced toward blacks of whites anywhere in the United States.

    • David Ashton

      The sheer size and solidity of the Muslim communities in Britain, along with the import of radical clerics, makes any local mixing problematic. These communities do not encourage their children to mix normally with young whites, which from the miscegenation angle is a “mixed” blessing, and their missionary activity meets with the feeblest resistance from “christians”. They also harbour terrorists some of whom are white converts. The death penalty for apostasy remains in force. Their birthrate is another problem, with marriage partners sometimes imported from abroad. Some clerics are willing to marry girls as young as 14.

      • Sick of it

        Young marriage isn’t the problem they bring to Britain so much as gang-raping even younger girls. Btw, my grandmother was married at 14.

  • Paleoconn

    I take this with a grain of salt. Many people will give the PC answer out of fear to appear racist. I bet most Britons mistrust their Muslim neighbors.

  • MBlanc46

    It’s a shame that it’s only a quarter, but that’s a start.

  • You’re paying attention to the most “radical” elements of the street theater, not the mainstream of the group. The EDL in my opinion isn’t really and properly nationalist, merely anti-Muslim. Now, being anti-Muslim is an ideal hook to sell proper nationalism, but it doesn’t seem to me the EDL has that goal. From what I see, the EDL would be happy having a rainbow Britain opposing Muslim immigration and Muslim terrorism.

  • Sangraal

    What indicators have you witnessed that imply they’re ‘Nazis and racist extremists’? For many of us on this board, this would be a step in the right direction…
    What kind of activism are you planning to pursue? I don’t mean to denigrate your efforts, but if you’re aiming for moderation and mass appeal, posting on here with your name and picture could come back to haunt you. See my comment above about the parameters of what is acceptable.
    Neverthless, I admire your optimism and wish you luck in your struggle, whatever form it takes.

    • James Mayer

      Generally the content of their shouting gives it away really. And I’d never say Nazism would be a step in the right direction. Really?

      We need to get people informed. And that’s about it; I mean obviously there’s a lot to do, but my outlook on the issue is that the only reason there hasn’t been a full-blown Nationalist rinse-out all across Europe already is because people don’t get the bigger picture; if you could take these headlines about whites becoming a minority on the continent by mid-century and run referenda about them, basically everybody apart from the most bone-headed multi-cultists would kick off and revolt. And they have already really; have you seen the opinion polls from Europe? 60-70% of every nation which has been subjected to the wonders of diversity say they hate it and demand action. So it’s a matter of forcing full discussion of the subject, and then sitting back to watch the ensuing avalanche.

      And look at what’s happening already on the continent re elections; anti-immigration policies are enormously popular. We’re on the march. And we will NEVER end up as minorities in our own homelands, no matter what it takes. I’ll see you in the future…