A Liberty poll of UK Christians, released today, shows overwhelming support not just for Ms Ewedia’s case but also for the freedom of all faiths to manifest their religion.
The poll also reveals that 86% of those polled disagree with BA’s decision to ask Ms Ewedia to cover up her cross and 80% agree that this case sets a dangerous precedent in discriminating on the basis of religion.
Liberty’s ComRes polling also shows support from the Christian community for all faiths to be free from discrimination:
• 96% agree that everybody should have freedom of thought, conscience and religion as long as they do not harm other people
• 85% agree that it doesn’t matter what religion people are, the law should protect their right to wear symbols of their faith as long as they do not harm other people.
• However, only 5% of those polled remember ever receiving or seeing any information from the Government explaining how the Human Rights Act protects religious beliefs
Methodology: ComRes surveyed 535 UK Christians on Cpanel between 3rd of December 2009 to 10th January 2010, by online questionnaires. Data were weighted by denomination to reflect the composition of the UK Christian population according to the 2005 Church Census.
ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.