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UK Muslim Poll: 52% wants ban on homosexuality, 23% want Sharia, 33% feel they influence decisions in the country

What exactly does this mean in numbers?

4% of Muslims responding to the survey support suicide bombings. That’s 100,000 Muslims out of the official UK Muslim population of 3 million – or over 27 suicide attacks per day for ten years straight.

Wanting criminalization of homosexuality means death in Islam. Gays face only one kind of punishment: execution. Over 1.5 million Muslims in the United Kingdom wants the death penalty for gay people.

23% want Sharia law, meaning the chopping of hands and feet, beheadings, whipping, stoning rape victims to death, execution for apostasy, and fully open endorsement of incest and pedophilia at any age of the child. 23% is representative of 690,000 Muslims in the United Kingdom.

More below.



ICM Unlimited Survey: What British Muslims Really Think

C4 survey and documentary reveals What British Muslims Really Think

Channel 4 has commissioned an extensive and rigorous survey to get a better understanding of British Muslims’ attitudes to living in Britain and British institutions, social issues including gender equality, homosexuality and issues relating to freedom of expression and the degree of sympathy for the use of violence and terrorist acts. The results are explored in a special current affairs documentary, presented by Trevor Phillips: What British Muslims Really Think – 10pm, Wednesday 13th April.

Europe is on heightened terror alert following the attacks in Paris and Brussels and the security services raising the threat posed by hundreds of home-grown jihadists. Politicians and Muslim leaders claim that the values of these extremists are shared only by a tiny minority in the UK. Channel 4 commissioned the survey to get the views from British Muslims themselves rather than those who claim to speak on their behalf; and, in particular to try to understand why some young Muslims are being drawn to violence.

Unlike many other surveys of Muslim opinion, which have predominantly been done by phone or online, ICM used face-to-face, in-home research to question a representative sample of 1,000 Muslims across Great Britain. ICM also used a “control sample” to compare what British Muslims thought with the rest of the British population.

At the top-line level, the survey suggests that a mainstream British Muslim majority have similar values and attitudes to the wider British public on issues such as support for British institutions and a feeling of belonging to Britain.

But looking deeper into the results, a chasm develops between those Muslims surveyed and the wider population on attitudes to liberal values on issues such as gender equality, homosexuality and issues relating to freedom of expression. And it also reveals significant differences on attitudes to violence and terrorism.

The survey’s findings include:

34% would inform the police if they thought somebody they knew was getting involved with people who support terrorism in Syria

Q: If you thought that someone who is close to you was getting involved with people who support terrorism in Syria, would you report it to the police?

4% sympathise with people who take part in suicide bombings

Q: Please tell me tell me whether you sympathise or condemn people who take part in suicide bombing to fight injustice

Net sympathise: 4% (completely sympathise: 1%, sympathise to some extent: 3%)

4% sympathise with people who commit terrorist actions as a form of political protest.

Q: To what extent do you sympathise or condemn with people who commit terrorist acts as a form of political protest?

Net sympathise: 4% (completely sympathise: 0.5: sympathise to some extent: 3.5%)

52% do not believe that homosexuality should be legal in Britain

Q: To what extent you agree or disagree with each one: homosexuality should be legal in Britain?

Net agree 18% (strongly agree 8%, tend to agree 10%)

Net disagree: 52% (strongly disagree: 38%, tend to disagree: 14%)

47% do not believe that it is acceptable for a school teacher to be homosexual

Q: To what extent do you agree or disagree that it is acceptable for a homosexual person to be a teacher in a school?

Net disagree: 47% (strongly disagree: 35%, tend to disagree: 12%)

23% support the introduction of Sharia Law.

Q: To what extent, if at all, would you support or oppose there being areas of Britain in which Sharia law is introduced instead of British law?

Net support: 23% (strongly support: 7%, tend to support: 17%)

32% refuse to condemn those who take part in violence against those who mock the Prophet

Q: Please tell me whether you sympathise or condemn people who take part in violence against those who mock the Prophet

Net sympathise: 18% (completely sympathise: 9%, sympathise to some extent: 9%, neither symathise or condemn: 14%)

39% agree that “wives should always obey their husbands”.

Q: To what extent you agree or disagree that wives should always obey their husbands?

Net agree: 39% (strongly agree: 15%, tend to agree: 24%)

66% completely condemn those people who take part in stoning those who commit adultery.

Q: Please tell me whether you sympathise or condemn people who take part in stoning those who commit adultery.

Net condemn: 79%. (completely condemn: 66%, condemn to some extent: 13%)

Net sympathise: 5% (completely sympathise: 2%, tend to sympathise: 3%)

31% think it’s acceptable for a man to have more than one wife

Q: To what extent you agree or disagree [that] it is acceptable for a British Muslim to keep more than one wife?

Net agree: 31% (strongly agree: 14%, tend to agree: 16%)

More positive findings include:

• A large majority of British Muslims feel a strong sense of belonging to their local area (91%). This is higher than the national average (76%)

• A large majority of British Muslims feel a strong sense of belonging to Britain (86%). This is higher than the national average (83%)

• A large majority of British Muslims feel that they are able to practice their religion freely in Britain (94%)

• British Muslims are more likely than the rest of the population to feel that they can influence decisions affecting Britain (33% vs 21%)

• British Muslims are more likely than the rest of the population to feel that their local MP reflects their views (44% vs 41%)

• 88% of British Muslims think that Britain is a good place for Muslims to live

• 78% of British Muslims would like to integrate into British life on most things apart from Islamic schooling and some laws

Channel 4 invited writer and former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips to analyse and interpret the survey for the documentary. Phillips argues its findings pose profound questions for our society and the implications for future relations between Britain’s Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Trevor Phillips says: “Hearing what British Muslims themselves think, rather than listening to those purporting to speak on their behalf, is critical if we are to prevent the establishment of a nation within our nation. Many of the results will be troubling to Muslims and non-Muslims alike – and the analysis of the age profile shows us that the social attitudes revealed are unlikely to change quickly.

“The integration of Britain’s Muslims will probably be the hardest task we’ve ever faced. It will require the abandonment of the milk-and-water multiculturalism still so beloved of many, and the adoption of a far more muscular approach to integration.”


Notes to editors:

ICM Unlimited interviewed a random sample of 1,081 adults aged 18+ who self-identified themselves as belonging to the Muslim faith. Interviews were carried out face-to-face, in-home, in geographical areas in which minimum Muslims incidence was confirmed by Census to be a minimum of 20%. Interviews took place between 25th April and 31st May 2015 and the data has been weighted to representative of all Muslims by age, gender, work status and region.

A nationally representative control sample of 1,008 adults aged 18+ was also conducted, by telephone, between 5th-7th June 2015. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults.

For a copy of the full survey, please visit:



8 thoughts on “UK Muslim Poll: 52% wants ban on homosexuality, 23% want Sharia, 33% feel they influence decisions in the country

  1. You missed out the killer bit: 35% think ‘The Jews have too much power in the UK’. It’s very odd how little attention that snippet is getting in the media, not even making this release…


  2. As the saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. I am reminded of the YouTube videos with significant numbers of Muslim men in the UK and Australia, shouting slogans, advocating the downfall of Europe and ‘death to America’. In Australia young children were filmed holding signs advocating beheading of ‘infidels’. It is not just an isolated few. Oddly too, many governments in Europe seem unwilling to challenge hate speech from Muslim imams throughout Europe, but anyone say anything deemed ‘Islamophobic’ can face fines and even jail time.

    They are often the loudest and most vocal critics in Europe, claiming poor treatment, yet unwilling to assimilate, to study or to find worthwhile work. What has happened in Brussels, with the growth of the cancerous terrorist cells in Molenbeek, and according to CNN, thousands of ISIS inspired ‘fighters’ returning to Europe or simply tuning in via the internet. They seem expert on exploiting Europe with its liberal laws (which supposedly they loathe but are more than willing to use such laws to claim ‘rights’ and benefits from themselves).


  3. Just to be fair and balanced I think that the Christian religion has one-or-two ‘screwball ideas’ of its own. We are expected to believe all manner of mysterious goings on – are we not? I can recall some Christian cleric or other explaining this away by saying that the Christian scriptures were written 2,000 years ago, and back then everyday folk did not have anything like the standard of education that is prevalent in today’s society. Should Christians wish to believe that Jesus fed 5,000 people using only 5 barley loaves and 2 little fish, then so be it, that’s up to them. But a lot of the Holy Bible’s parables were told back then in easy to understand story book form for the sake of masses.

    I can also recall the same Christian cleric saying that not everything that is printed in the Holy Bible should be taken as literal fact – for the reasons that are given above.

    PERHAPS THERE ARE THOSE who would call the Bible “mumbo–jumbo?”

    The magician Franz Hirary made the Tower of London ‘disappear’ on TV – (see YouTube) and I am sure that not many folk will have “fallen for that one” that is unless they are True Believers in Magic?

    Maybe miracles really do exist? I for one would like to think that they do!


    On the other side of the coin we have the ‘scriptures’ of the Muslim religion. There are non-Muslim experts … but I am not one of them. I am guessing that the Muslim religion can match the Christian religion with an equal amount of ‘improbable teachings’ that they (the Muslims) are expected to believe.

    During my research I have come across this link …..
    ….. which to my way of thinking is a ‘bridge-too-far’ and stretches credibility way beyond the 5 barley loaves and 2 little fishes routine.

    I myself am a heterosexual male. I can ‘tolerate’ homosexuality – up to a point – where it doesn’t encroach on my own personal beliefs and/or life style. I most certainly do not condone that homosexuals be hoisted up from a crane’s derrick and executed in public by being hung by the neck until dead, (as they seem to enjoy doing in Iran). Their only crime being that they prefer the company of their own sex. Okay by me but [as long as their relationship is conducted in private! That is just a personal view of mine]

    Going back to the original article that “52% (of Muslims) wants homosexuality banned” That would imply that the other 48% are In Favour of homosexuality – (or Don’t Know!?)

    I would have thought that UK Muslims (or Muslims in general for that matter) would have been a lot more ‘tolerant’ than this survey would suggest. If it is the ‘sex-act prospect’ between two consenting adult males that sways their opinion, then I would like to state for the record that “the anus” (sic) does seem (to me) to be more than adequately represented in the religious speeches by Muslim Imams.

    It would appear that the YouTube clip on the ‘Jihad Watch’ website of the speech by Shiite Cleric Yasser Al-Habib contained in the link that I have posted has been blocked. (No surprises there) No matter – here it is again direct from YouTube:

    PERHAPS THERE ARE THOSE who’d say that Yasser Al-Habib is talking “mumbo–jumbo?”

    (If you look to the right of screen there are many more clips).
    Please view right to the very end of the video as Donation Details appear on screen.

    Suggested viewing: If you are having a party and things are beginning to fall flat … play the video and it will “bring the house down” – especially after a few drinks!


  4. I have just read my own post (above) from April 15 and I have this nagging feeling that I need to put the record straight. During my 8 years spent working in Denmark – as an example – I noticed that if I said something, (no matter how outrageous), that if I said that “something” with a straight face (unsmiling) the average Dane [God bless ’em] would think that I was being serious. A lot of folk from different backgrounds do not seem to be able to grasp the meaning of Irony! Well, when I said (right at the bottom of my post) – “Please view right to the very end of the video as Donation Details appear on screen” – I was being Ironic! I was not encouraging readers’ of my post to fire off Donations to this “very worthy cause” … Oops, there I go again – being Ironic!

    A question NOT asked of the Muslim community in the recent Poll was:
    “Do you think that there is an “Us & Them” situation between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK and the rest of Europe and that we have a very ‘virulent’ “ne’er the twain shall meet” situation?”

    I think that the answer from the Muslim community would have been greeted with an emphatic – YES! But having said that, if reversed, the answer to the very same question asked of the non-Muslim community would have also been an emphatic – YES! – (No?)

    Am I being a tad over the top by using the ‘adjective’ of ‘virulent’ in my Poll question example above? Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘virulent’ thusly:
    ‘vir-u-lent’ – full of hate or anger – extremely or excessively harsh or strong – extremely dangerous and deadly and usually spreading very quickly – extremely poisonous or venomous – full of malice.
    On reflection – NO – I don’t think that my choice of ‘virulent’ was a bad choice.

    Before I go take the dog for a walk and get back for Ovaltine and a biscuit, here’s a joke to end with, proving that laughter is indeed the Best Medicine.

    [IRONY] – Wouldn’t it be ironic if you Died in the Living room?

    Good night …


  5. More ‘delightful’ news from the world of migrants, as natives in France are not fond of having them there … who can blame them. So a minor riot broke out fought between nativists and ‘migrants’ …

    This is not quite on the topic presented here, just wish to share with other readers how this situation in Europe is very likely to escalate.


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