More people in the UK have become wary of Islam’s growth in the country, a new poll has found, a factor that could spur more hate attacks against Muslims.
Excerpt of a report by Hope not Hate, an advocacy group against racism and fascism, published in The Guardian newspaper on Sunday showed that more than a third of people in the UK, some 35 percent, believed Islam and its growth was a threat to their way of life.
The findings, which belong to a poll carried out last year, showed that a third of the respondents believed Islam was compatible with the British way of life.
It said nearly half of Conservative voters had a prejudice against Muslims, compared to more than 20 percent of Labour voters.
Hope not to Hate, an organization monitoring hates against minorities in Britain with a focus on Jews, will launch its annual “State of Hate” report on Monday.
According to the report, it will be argued that the prejudice against Muslims in Britain has replaced immigration as the main driver of far-right activities in the country.
Reiterating findings in other polls, Hope not to Hate said some 32 percent of the British people falsely believed that Muslims had managed to establish areas in Britain where Sharia law was dominant and non-Muslims could not enter.
Muslim communities have repeatedly rejected rumors about Muslim-dominated no-go areas, saying the notion has been created by far-right groups to provoke hate attacks against members of the community.
Hate attacks against Muslims have been on rising since a series of terror attacks by Daesh sympathizers across the UK in 2017. Islamic communities in the UK have always condemned such acts of terror.
Campaigners believe a general trend in politics to pander with far-right groups to grab the vote of their supporters have also been to blame for the surge in anti-Muslim hate behavior.