Third of Londoners 'uncomfortable' with a Muslim mayor

Poll suggests many Londoners would be uncomfortable being represented by Labour's Sadiq Khan
Poll suggests many Londoners would be uncomfortable being represented by Labour's Sadiq Khan
Adam Bienkov By

Almost a third of Londoners would be "uncomfortable" being represented by a Muslim mayor, according to a shocking new poll.

Londoners are widely perceived to be tolerant of other cultures.

However, the YouGov poll for LBC found 31% of Londoners would be "uncomfortable if the next London mayor was a Muslim" as opposed to 55% who said they would be comfortable.

Ukip voters were the most bothered by the prospect, with 73% saying a Muslim mayor would make them uncomfortable.


Two Muslim candidates, Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, are seeking their party's nomination for next year's election.

The poll also found a significant proportion of Londoners would be unhappy with a mayor who is a member of an ethnic minority. Thirteen per cent said the prospect made them uncomfortable, including 41% of Ukip voters.

Sixteen per cent of all Londoners also said they would be uncomfortable with a mayor who is homosexual.

The poll found Labour's current frontrunner Tessa Jowell would win in a head-to-head with Conservative frontrunner Zac Goldsmith 53% to 47% once don't knows were excluded.

However, when asked who they would vote for in a race between Goldsmith and Khan, Goldsmith took a six point lead.

 

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