Collaboration with the Gallup Organization
Coexist Foundation have a ten year not-for-profit agreement with the Gallup Organization to help in the dissemination of their World Poll findings on Muslim opinion.
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Coexist Foundation have a ten year not-for-profit agreement with the Gallup Organization to help in the dissemination of their World Poll findings on Muslim opinion. As part of this process, Coexist helped sponsor and organize a visit by experts from Gallup’s World Poll team to London from17-19 April. They presented findings from their recent independent and self-funded surveys of London’s Muslims and the wider British public. Their visit was assisted by global tolerance, a values-driven public-relations agency.
The Gallup team presented their findings in a series of briefings to Members of Parliament, Government officials, academics and community- and faith-leaders. They also briefed the press, radio and television.
The poll results presented a different picture from the Media and public stereotype, reinforced by earlier surveys, of a “ghetto” culture where differences in attitudes present a huge challenge to integration. The poll identified strong differences over the face veil and attitudes to social/moral issues such as adultery, homosexuality and sex-before-marriage. But differences between London Muslims and the wider British public over the Iraq war were smaller than had been reported, and on a host of issues – education, jobs, health and welfare – London Muslim opinion was very closely aligned with that of the rest of the UK. Crucially, the poll found no sense of contradiction between London Muslims’ loyalty to Islam and to the UK – indeed their respect for government, democracy, the judiciary and the police was higher than that of the wider British public.
Since the London visit, Gallup analysts have made presentations of World Poll findings to audiences in the United States, Germany and France, and to the World Economic Forum summit on the Middle East at the Dead Sea from 18-20 May.