Poll: Two-thirds of British Muslims Wouldn't Tip Off Police on Terrorism

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Women wears full-face veils as they shop in London in this file photograph dated September 16, 2013.
Women wears full-face veils as they shop in London in this file photograph dated September 16, 2013.Credit: Reuters

Only a third of British Muslims would inform the police if they thought that someone they knew is involved with terrorism, a poll shows.

According to the survey, conducted on behalf the U.K.'s Channel 4, some 4 percent of British Muslims said they sympathize with suicide bombers and the same percentage said the sympathized with people who committed terrorist actions in general. According to The Times, the figures amount to 100,000 individuals who sympathize with terrorists.

The comprehensive poll also showed that while British Muslims' opinions do not broadly differ from those of the rest of the population, there is a major gap in attitudes on certain issues.

According to the survey, more than half of British Muslims think that homosexuality should be outlawed. According to the figures, cited by The Guardian, 18 percent said they agreed and 52 percent said they disagreed with the statement that homosexuality should be legal, compared to 5 percent among the general public who disagreed.

Furthermore, 47 percent said they didn't think it is acceptable for gay people to be teachers, compared to 14 percent of the public at large.

And 23 percent said they are in favor of instating sharia law in parts of Britain, while 39 percent said they believe wives should always obey their husbands, compared to 5 percent of the general public. Thirty-one percent expressed support for British Muslim men having more than one wife, compared to 8 percent of the country as a whole. 

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the poll found that 35 percent of British Muslims agreed with the suggestion that Jews have too much power in the U.K., compared to 9 percent of the general public. Moreover, more than 40 percent of the respondents said Jews were more loyal to Israel than the U.K., while 34 percent believe Jews talk “too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust." 

The survey also found that 26 percent of British Muslims think Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars, compared to 6 percent of the country as a whole.

At the same time, the poll found that U.K. Muslims are more likely to feel a stronger bond to Britain than the general population. According to the survey, 86 percent of British Muslims said they feel a strong sense of belonging in the country, compared to 83 percent of the general population. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed said they believe Britain is a good place for Muslims to live, while 78 percent said they would like to integrate into British life on most matters. 

According to The Guardian, the polling was conducted by the ICM firm for a Channel 4 documentary. It involved face-to-face, at-home interviews with 1,000 Muslims across the U.K. in April and May of last year. To provide comparison, a sample of 1,008 people representative of the general population were interviewed over the phone.

Click the alert icon to follow topics: