SHOCK POLL: Four in ten British Muslims want some aspect of Sharia Law enforced in UK
MORE than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some aspects of Sharia Law in force in the UK, an opinion poll revealed last night.
Researchers also found "deeply worrying" levels of belief among British Muslims in conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or “Jews" for the 9/11 terror attacks on America.
The findings were revealed last night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS, unemployment and immigration.
The findings were set out in the report "Unsettled Belonging: Britain's Muslim Communities" published by Policy Exchange last night.
More than 3,000 Muslims living in Britain were quizzed for the research.
A total of 13 per cent were inclined to oppose the idea while 9 per cent "strongly" opposed it.
Questions in the survey suggested sharia law could relate to civil law cases "such as financial disputes, divorce or other family matters" but could also cover other issues.
In contrast, only 4 per cent thought the terror group Al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York Twin Towers and other targets.
Writing a foreword for the report, Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said: “This readiness to believe in conspiracy theories and the mentality of victimhood to which it speaks is having a pernicious effect on British Muslims and the way they see the world.
Dr Martyn Frampton, co-author of the report, and Head of Security and Counter Extremism at Policy Exchange, said the evidence of belief in "conspiracy theory" was "deeply worrying".
He said: “In nearly every walk of life, British Muslims are no different in their views and priorities to their non-Muslim neighbours.
"However, the research found a deeply worrying belief in conspiracy theories such as 9/11.
"Unlike the general population, nearly a third of British Muslims believe the American government was responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers, while a surprisingly tiny number attributed blame to al-Qaeda."
David Goodhart, co-author of the report and Head of Policy Exchange's Demography, Integration and Immigration Unit, said: "British Muslims as a whole continue to live somewhat more separately than other large ethno-cultural minorities—in neighbourhoods and schools, in terms of women not working, and in terms of attitudes and religiosity.
The report said found that 26 per cent of Muslims did not believe in extremism and 48 per cent would not turn to the police if someone close to them became involved with people linked to Syrian terrorism.
More Muslims condemned terrorism than the rest of the population - 90 per cent to 84 per cent - and 55 per cent wanted to see extra police on the streets.
The report found that the Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little support in the community, with just 9 per cent of respondents backing it.
It also suggested the Government should not be "spooked" into abandoning or apologising for its controversial Prevent agenda, which tries to stop people being drawn into terrorism, because Muslim communities are "generally relaxed" about intervention to tackle extremism.
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