MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your reaction to the Sept 06 YouGov poll which found that one in six Londoners has moved seats on the bus or tube to avoid sitting next to someone they believe to be Muslim? What are you doing to tackle this phenomenon in London?


Answer for Islamaphobia

Answer for Islamaphobia

Answered By: 
The Mayor

With reference to the YouGov Poll, the questions refer to people of Asian and North African origin and not Muslims.Out of the 35% of respondents who had felt uncomfortable, over half (53%) stated that they had not moved away, or deliberately sat away from 'them'.The use of sensationalist headlines and misreporting of the results of the YouGov survey demonstrates the ignorance and prejudice of so much of the media coverage of Islam and Muslim communities and the damage this can do to community relations.I have previously stated the importance of increasing Muslim representation within the media to tackle the rise of Islamophobia in the media.