Majority 'backs public niqab ban'
Published 24/10/2013 | 19:36
More than half the public believe women should not be allowed to wear the niqab in public, according to an opinion poll.
The ComRes poll for Channel 4 News found 56% opposed the wearing of the Muslim full-face veil, which shows only the wearer's eyes, while 55% supported an outright ban like that in France.
An even higher proportion, 81%, said they would support a ban on wearing the niqab in certain specified public places, such as schools, courts or hospitals.
The findings come after recent controversies which saw a college in Birmingham forced to drop a ban on niqabs and a ruling by a judge that Muslim women must remove the veil to give evidence in court.
The poll found that three-quarters (76%) said they were unsure of how to relate to women wearing the full face veil, while more than half (56%) thought it was demeaning to women who wear it.
:: ComRes interviewed 1,077 GB adults aged 18 and over online on October 23.