Sharia law support stronger among young UK Muslims

Young British Muslims are more likely than their elders to support Shariah law and admire al-Qaida, but three-fifths of 16- to 24-year-olds say they have as much in common with non-Muslims as with Muslims, according to an opinion poll published Monday. The poll - conducted December 4-13 by Populus for the Policy Exchange, an independent think tank - found that 37 percent of the 16-24 age group would prefer Shariah law, compared to 17 percent of those over 55. There was a nearly identical split between age groups on those who would prefer to send their children to Islamic schools supported by the state. Thirteen percent of the younger group expressed admiration for organizations such as al-Qaida that "are prepared to fight the West," compared to 3 percent of those over 55.