A Comres survey for the BBC of 1000 British Muslims published today finds that more than two in five (46%) feel that being a Muslim in Britain is difficult due to prejudice against Islam.
The survey found an overwhelming majority (95%) feel a loyalty to the country, while only 6% say they feel a disloyalty.
Nine in ten (93%) believe that Muslims in Britain should always obey British laws, but one in four (27%) say they have some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Regarding the Paris attacks, two thirds (68%) say acts of violence against those who publish images of the Prophet can never be justified while a quarter (24%) disagree. One in nine (11%) feel sympathetic towards people who want to fight against western interests while 85% do not.
Half (49%) believe Muslim clerics preaching that ‘violence against the west can be justified’ are out of touch with mainstream Muslim opinion, while 45% disagree.
More information: BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31293196
Download the full survey results here: http://comres.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BBC-Today-Programme_British-Muslims-Poll_FINAL-Tables_Feb2015.pdf