BBC Asian Network (national digital radio station) is publishing a poll today, carried out by ICM, on identity issues. I detest polls because they try and reduce complex feelings into a simple answer and this is no different. They should be limited to very straightforward questions. But anyway, here are some highlights.
1) Thinking about your nationality, to what extent do you feel British?
Completely / a lot: Whites (73%) ; British Asians (59%)
The second figure on Asians is broken down in two ways:
Indians (62%) ; Pakistani (63%) ; Bangladeshi (62%) ; Other Asian (43%)
Christian (85%) ; Other 46% ; Sikh (77%) ; Hindu (46%) ; Muslim (64%)
2) Generally speaking, to what extent do you think that white British people treat you as British?
Total Asians: 50% … broken into:
Other (58%) ; Bangladeshi (33%) ; Pakistani (54%) ; Indian (48%)
Other (55%) ; Christian (50%) ; Sikh (64%) ; Hindu (47%) ; Muslim (49%)
3) To what extent, if at all, do you think that your own Asian culture is being diluted by living in Britain?
Total Asians: 75% … broken into:
Other (70%) ; Bangladeshi (80%) ; Pakistani (76%) ; Indian (74%)
Other (72%) ; Christian (88%) ; Sikh (82%) ; Hindu (70%) ; Muslim (76%)
4) Generally speaking, how satisfied are you with life in the UK?
Total Asians: 84% (!) … broken into:
Other (73%) ; Bangladeshi (90%) ; Pakistani (86%) ; Indian (86%)
Other (72%) ; Christian (77%) ; Sikh (90%) ; Hindu (80%) ; Muslim (88%)
Knocks stereotypes on their heads doesn’t it? I’ll be on Asian Network at 9am discussing this poll along with Aki Nawaz. I expect I’ll be the one advocating ‘Britishness’.
Full poll results: Whites / Asians.
Media coverage: BBC Online is trying to ape the Daily Express by running a negative slant (when it’s actually quite positive) and featuring a picture of two women in a niqab [now changed!]. Yeah, they represent British Asians don’t they!
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