The Guardian and Independent report that an Arab news poll shows that swathes of British public hold hostile views against Arabs and Muslims. It found that the three characteristics most closely associated with the Arab world were gender segregation, wealth and Islam.
The “UK attitudes toward the Arab world” poll of 1,200 people, carried out in partnership with the Council for Arab-British Understanding, revealed stark differences in attitudes towards Arabs and Muslims based on political affiliations.
Conservatives were found to be more hostile to them, but 63 percent of people in total believed Arabs have failed to integrate into society, and 55 percent believed the police should racially profile Arabs and Muslims.
It also showed strong opinions on the UK’s role in the Middle East, with 85 percent saying the UK’s role in the 2003 Iraq invasion was a mistake.
Arab News’ Editor-in-Chief Faisal Abbas is quoted in the Guardian’s article.