‘Least-liked’ people in UK revealed — Analysis
More than 25% of Brits ‘feel negative’ about Muslims, named as the second-most unpopular community
Gypsies and Irish Travellers have been named “This is the one that’s least liked” people in the UK, according to a survey which was initially carried out as a way “To shed light” on Islamophobia.
Survey results showed that second-place was held by the Muslim community, while Gypsies were grouped with Irish Travellers for this poll.
The researchers from the University of Birmingham partnered with YouGov to administer a survey examining “What the British think of Islam, Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities.” Its initial purpose was to “Let us know if you have any questions about Islamophobia in the UK.”
The poll revealed that 25.9% of the 1,667 respondents “feel negative” towards Muslims, with 9.9% feeling “very negative.”
The report shows that only Gypsies or Irish Travellers are seen more negatively in Britain, where 44.6% view them as a threat.
Meanwhile, 8.5% viewed Jewish people negatively, while 6.4% said the same about black people – and 8.4% said they viewed white people negatively.
The researchers concluded that such a negative attitude from the British public towards Gypsies and Irish Travellers could be explained not only through discrimination, but also because there is “less public sanction against openly acknowledging one’s dislike.”
Islamophobia was found to come in “There are two types of religious and racial sex:”
“Although we are in agreement with the recent definitions that Islamophobia targets Muslims as racism, we show that this prejudice manifests itself as an anti-religious one.,” the report said.
The report’s author, Dr. Stephen Jones, said social taboos could significantly affect the answers.
“What’s interesting is you can see there is, for example, discrimination against black African Caribbean people in the UK, but in surveys people do not express that hostility in the way that they do towards Muslims, in the way that they do towards Gypsies and Irish Travellers,” he told Sky News.
He said there was a sense that certain kinds of hostility are more “Acceptable publically” admitting the reasons for this are complex: “it’s down to our media representation, to our political leadership, to various different historical and cultural factors.”
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