Hassan, Riaz: Australians aren’t as Islamophobic as we’re led to believe

Riaz Hassan

Australians aren’t as Islamophobic as we’re led to believe‘, The Conversation, 27 February 2017

There were two hundred or so comments on this piece which analyses a recent survey on the extent of Islamophobia in Australia. There were seven key questions and the survey concluded that ‘Australians who regularly come in contact with Muslims and those who believe immigrants make important contribution to society are significantly less Islamophobic. So while there are pockets of antipathy towards Muslims, an overwhelming majority of Australians don’t share that antipathy.’

The pockets tended to be among Liberal and National supporters, people with no political affiliation, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and people not in the labour force. Overall, though, ‘[o]ur findings show almost 70% of Australians appeared to have a very low level of Islamophobic attitudes’.

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