Poll: Third of British Muslims say 'Jews have too much power in UK'

Polling company ICM conducted the survey and aired their findings Wednesday in a new documentary titled "What do British Muslims Really Think."

April 11, 2016 18:09
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Orthodox Jews walk along Whitehall in central London

Orthodox Jews walk along Whitehall in central London. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An extensive new poll taken across the United Kingdom revealed Monday that British Muslims were more likely to hold anti-Semitic views than other British citizens, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

The poll, broadcasted on Channel 4 earlier this week, found that more than a third of British Muslims surveyed believed "Jews have to much power in the UK" and had undue influence in the media, financial institutions and the business world. More than a quarter of those sampled also agreed that Jews were responsible for most of the world's current wars.

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Polling company ICM conducted the survey and aired their findings Wednesday in a new documentary titled What do British Muslims Really Think.

The ICM poll surveyed 1,081 British Muslims and discovered that British Muslims were more inclined to believe in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories than the national average.

For example, asked if they "agreed" with the suggestion that Jewish people had too much power in Britain, 35 percent of British Muslims responded in the affirmative, compared to just nine percent in the wider population, The Chronicle added. 

The poll also found that 31% of British Muslims thought Jews were too influential in government compared to 7% in the national average; while 39 percent said that Jews have too much power in the media compared to just 10% nationally.

The survey also revealed that 34% of British Muslims believed that Jewish people speak “too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust,” while 40% believe that Jews in Britain have more loyalty to Israel than the UK.

Furthermore, the analysis found that 26% of the UK Muslim community believed Jews were responsible for the majority of the world's conflicts compared to just six percent nation wide. 27% also said that people "hate" Jews because of their behavior.

ICM said it used 1,008 non-Muslims as its control group.

“On specific issues – families, sexuality, gender, attitudes towards Jews and on questions of violence and terrorism – the center of gravity of British Muslim opinion is some distance away from the center of gravity of everyone else’s opinion," documentary host Trevor Phillips told BBC Radio in a recent interview.

"One in six Muslims say they would like to live more separately, a quarter would like to live under sharia law. It means that as a society we have a group of people who basically do not want to participate in the way that other people [do]," he added.

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