Muslims ‘are more patriotic than most British people’
British Muslims feel a greater sense of national pride than the average UK citizen, according to the results of a new poll.
While 79 per cent of the Britons quizzed said they agreed with the statement ‘I am proud to be a British citizen’, the figure rose to 83 per cent among Muslims.
And Muslim Britons were also found to be significantly more optimistic than most with just 31 per cent agreeing with the notion that Britain’s best days are in the past compared to an average of 45 per cent.
The figures are, to some extent, understood to reflect a reaction to the hostility and distrust felt by many British Muslims in the post 9/11 world.
There is also the belief that Muslims are more able to appreciate the political freedoms UK citizens enjoy as they can trace their family roots to far more oppressive and non-democratic regimes.
The poll of 2000 people, taken by the think tank Demos, was designed to find what symbolises the best of Britain.
The report found: ‘This optimism in British Muslims is significant as - combined with their high score for pride in being British - it runs counter to a prevailing narrative about Muslim dissatisfaction with and in the UK.’
Around half of people questioned for the survey said they believed Britain benefited from being a multicultural country.
They survey also discovered that courteous and generous behavior inspired patriotism more than institutions such as the monarchy or the BBC.
Shakespeare was found to be Britain’s most prized national treasure with 75 per cent of people ranking him as s source of pride.
He was followed by The National Trust, the armed forces, The Union Jack flag and the Pound.
Institutions the NHS, the monarchy and the BBC came in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.