Aussies and Islamophobia: defying stereotypes

19 April 2017

You might recall last September, a poll by Essential Media found 49% of Australians supported a ban on Muslims immigrating to Australia.

The result so shocked Peter Lewis, the respected pollster who runs Essential, that he ran the question a second time.

But as he explained to us, polls are a snapshot in time. And he asked this question as Donald Trump was demanding an end to Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Meanwhile, at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding in South Australia, Professor Riaz Hassan was digging deeper. He wanted to know about everyday attitudes to Islam.

He found more than two thirds of Australians defied the stereotype pushed by those opposed to Islam – and those who feel they’re victims of widespread prejudice.

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