…. The YouGov poll, revealed on Thursday, found that 31 percent, nearly a third, would not like to be led by a man of the Islamic faith.
…. In a letter to LBC, Roberts said the radio station was wrong to commission the poll. He wrote: “People are perhaps inevitably anxious about faiths they don’t know and that is why Sadiq has spent so much of his adult life reaching out across communities to increase understanding.”
He added: “I hope you can reassure me – and Londoners – that your coverage of these issues does not run the risk of undermining the strength of our city with questions that fuel prejudice and risk setting Londoners against each other.”
Khan said in a recent interview that it would be “awesome” if London elected a Muslim mayor for the message it would send to the rest of the world.
…. The LBC poll also revealed that 90 percent of respondents were comfortable with a female mayor, 71 percent were comfortable with a gay mayor and 76 percent were comfortable with someone from an ethnic minority. [The HuffingtonPost UK] Read more
Some Londoners don’t want a Muslim Mayor. Maybe London isn’t so different after all
A third of Londoners aren’t comfortable with the idea of a Muslim Mayor, and they’re not alone
London is different, we’re often told. The capital is meant to be a cosmpolitan hive of diversity and tolerance. Ukip’s Suzanne Evans infamously blamed London’s “more media-savvy and educated” population for her party’s lack of success in the capital during the 2014 local elections, but it turns out that in some ways, Londoners are quite like their fellow Britons.
According to YouGov, nearly a third (31 per cent) of Londoners would be uncomfortable if the next London Mayor was Muslim. The company, which surveyed 1,153 adults for LBC, found that Londoners were more uneasy about the idea of Muslim mayor than they were about one who was female (only 4 per cent expressed discomfort), gay (16 per cent), or from an ethnic minority (13 per cent). [The Telegraph] Read more