Muslim leaders have responded to the Mirror’s disturbing poll showing that 1.5 million Brits identified as supporters of the brutal so-called Islamic State.
One prominent leader has even said Muslims here may be disenfranchised with new Tory policies which are turning them to have sympathies for IS and their belief system.
Pollsters ICM found that opposition to IS has hardened during twelve months of barbaric atrocities, with 80% of British people now having a “very unfavourable” view of them compared with 45% last July.
But, staggeringly, the poll of 2,016 British adults taken over the weekend also found that support for the terror group was up by 2%, to 9%.
It found that 3% have a “very favourable view”, up 1% from a year ago – suggesting that around half of Britain’s three million Muslims could be ISIS sympathisers.Another 6% admitted having a “somewhat favourable” view, up from five per cent last year.
Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said: “Any numbers which favour ISIS are worrying.
“The reasons will no doubt be varied. One reason may be due to the perception that ISIS represents an opponent to the West and those who are dissatisfied or disenfranchised with the new Tory policies – of further cuts and civil rights strangulation – are using this anonymous platform to express their frustration.”
Poll (of British Adults).
The Mirror Poll indicated that if Muslims form roughly 6% of British Adults then, at 3% support in the Poll, half of them back ISIS.
However other figures state that there are roughly 2,8 million Muslims in the UK, which makes the percentage around 4,41% and therefore the numbers backing the Genociders actually larger.
There are many reasons to doubt this survey, beginning with the premise that anybody answers these polls honestly, the nature of the sample, the diea that all Islamic State supporters are Muslims, and no doubt other technical psephology issues.
It would not surprise us if there is some backing – more substantial than normally admitted – for Daesh amongst British Muslims.
The morally distasteful response of one ‘prominent Muslim leader’ who tries to hitch this result to Tory cuts, indicates another cause for concern.
It is always hard to believe that even a small group of people can be so bigoted as to back slavery, rape, and genocide, especially when the proof of these atrocities is available at the touch of button.
But this result is truly astonishing.
To be honest we find it hard to believe.