According to a recent Morgan poll conducted on behalf of Q Society of Australia Inc., the majority of Australians are clearly concerned about Islam and 70% believe Australia is not a better place because of Islam. The survey, completed in late October, found that a majority (53%) of Australians want full face coverings banned from public spaces and 50.2% want Islamic sharia law banned all together.
Australia, from the Roy Morgan Research Ltd in October 2013 and reported today:
38 percent: a growing Islamic population and Islamic immigration are bad for Australia
44 percent: strong, clear link between Islam and terrorism
50 per cent want the Shari’a banned
53 percent: ban the burqa from public spaces
57 percent: Concerned about Islam in the world today
70 percent: Australia is not becoming a better place because of Islam.
Anglican Ink (h/t SheikYermami) Australians over 65 are most concerned with 59 per cent in this age group stating that a growing Islamic population and Islamic immigration would be bad for Australia. Mature Australians and Liberal/National voters have a significantly negative view of Islam. Notably only 15 per cent of Australians think Islam and terrorism are not related. Multicultural advocates seeking to cancel Christmas, Easter or ANZAC Day celebrations in their quest to not offend other cultures should take note that 96.5 per cent of the population disagree.
Q Society spokesman Mr Andrew Horwood said the poll results validate the need for new strategies and policies. While followers of most religions seem to get along well, Australian politicians must acknowledge Islam is not just another religion and the growing concern is not a fringe issue. Q Society offers a proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding, written by former Muslim scholar and sharia expert Sam Solomon as a starting point for developing strategies and policies.
The president of Q Society, Mrs Debbie Robinson, invites political leaders to address the problem with an open mind and consult with non-Muslim experts on Islam and secular ex-Muslims for guidance. Mrs Robinson points out that it is dishonest and counterproductive to discredit concerned Australians as ‘racists’ or ‘islamophobic’.