More than a quarter of young people in Britain mistrust Muslims, a survey suggests.
Some 27% of 18 to 24-year-olds say they do not trust Muslims. Photo: ALAMY
By Rosa Silverman | The Telegraph
12:15PM BST 25 Sep 2013
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.
It found that young people were more likely to agree (48%) than disagree (27%) that Islam is a peaceful religion, however.
Young adults were also found to be divided over the question of whether immigration is good for the UK.
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Around two fifths (42%) believe it is a good thing but more than a third disagree (35%), the survey showed.
Akeela Ahmed, from the cross-government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, 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.”
Professor Matthew Goodwin, 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 those 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.