Majority 'backs public niqab ban'
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.