Third of Britons believe Islam threatens British way of life, says report

Feb 19, 2019 by

by Frances Perraudin, Guardian:

More than a third of people in the UK think that Islam is a threat to the British way of life, according to a report by the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate.

The organisation’s annual “State of Hate” report, which will be launched on Monday, argues that anti-Muslim prejudice has replaced immigration as the key driver of far right growth.

In polling conducted by the group in July last year, 35% of people thought Islam was generally a threat to the British way of life, compared with 30% who thought it was generally compatible. Forty-nine per cent of those who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election shared thought it was generally incompatible, while 21% of Labour voters did.

Nearly a third (32%) said they thought there were no-go areas in Britain where sharia law dominated and non-Muslims could not enter. Almost half of Conservative voters (47%) and people who voted to leave the EU (49%) believed this was true.

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