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Over a quarter of students don't trust Muslims, says survey


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A recent study has revealed that over a quarter of students do not trust Muslims. The study also suggests that 61% of students believe that religion is a bad thing.

The researchers asked 1,026 students ‘Would you say that you generally trust or do not trust each of the following religious groups?’ It emerged that 29% of the students asked voted for the ‘don’t trust’ option for Muslims, a higher percentage than when asked about Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists.

Christians appear to be the second least trustworthy religion, with 18% choosing the ‘don’t trust’ option. Contrastingly, Buddhists seemed to be the most trusted religion, with only 7% of students saying that they don’t trust them.

The study, undertaken by The Tab, found that Birmingham University contained the highest percentage of students to not trust Muslims, standing at 38%.  Along with the high percentage of students who said that they believe religion to be a bad thing, it also surfaced from the study that almost 75% of students don’t believe in God.

The results of this study are an echo of a study carried out by BBC Newsbeat earlier this year, which found similar results. BBC Newsbeat suggest that more than a quarter (28%) of 18-24 year olds don’t trust Muslims. Reflecting on the results that the BBC uncovered, an adviser on anti-Muslim hatred said the findings suggested young people needed to mix with one another more.


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