Results of a new survey conducted by the British think tank Demos show that British Muslims feel a greater sense of pride in being British than the population as a whole and that they are significantly more optimistic about the country’s future. The poll of 2000 people was designed to explore what symbolised the best of Britain. More specifically, according to a Demos representative, they were looking ‘to find out what made people proud of modern Britain and why politicians fail to articulate a convincing vision of this’.
The survey then found that 83% of Muslim respondents agreed with the statement that they were proud to be a British citizen, compared to the national average of 79%. These figures help to shatter the prevailing myth that Britain’s Muslims are not patriotic, but dissatisfied with and in the UK.