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Muslim opinion in the UK

Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.
UK Counter-Extremism Strategy

Islamic terrorists are certainly extremists who use violence to further their cause of Islam. And time and time again, we are told by our politicians and much of the liberal media that these extremists are only a tiny minority who have perverted the otherwise peaceable religion of Islam. That is why it is so important to assess the views of the wider Muslim population by way of polls and surveys, in order to test scientifically the assumption that the majority are not radical or extremist in outlook. This page summarizes some of the main findings on the attitudes of Muslims in the UK towards key aspects of civilized behaviour. The statistics are all the more interesting because several of the polls were commissioned by organizations with the probable aims of supporting multiculturalism and subduing public concern. We also collate significant findings from surveys of young Muslims to test whether they are more moderate than their elders.

The Pew Research Center estimates that there were 4.13 million Muslims in the UK in 2016, constituting 6.3% of the population. Of those, slightly more than half were born overseas.

When considering the data and its truthfulness, bear in mind that:

Many of the older samples of UK Muslim opinion are extracted from the comprehensive page of worldwide Muslim Opinion Polls and Surveys. We are most grateful to TheReligionofPeace.com for their kind permission to reproduce them.

Revised 10 January 2018

Terrorism and extremism

Terrorist organizations


Violence in defence of Islam


Relationships, equality and honour


Revised 10 January 2018

Are young Muslims more moderate?

Revised 9 February 2017

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