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Poll: Only Half Of Londoners Happy With Muslim Mayor

Thursday 13th August 2015

Exclusive research for LBC suggests that only half of Londoners would be comfortable with a Muslim Mayor.

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Labour's Sadiq Khan and Sayeed Kamall of the Conservatives are standing to be candidates for their party in next year's Mayoral Election.

But LBC's poll by YouGov reveals only 55% would be comfortable with a Muslim Mayor, while 31% would be uncomfortable.

Peter Kellner from YouGov explained to LBC: "There's a very clear age gap here.

"If you ask people in their 20s, around 2/3rds are comfortable and only around 20% less comfortable.

" If you look at the over 60s, then more of them are uncomfortable than comfortable.

"So there is the problem for a Muslim candidate amongst older voters, but much less of a problem for younger voters."

Elsewhere, the poll for LBC also reveals that 1 in 10 people would be uncomfortable or don't know if they would want a female Mayor. 

And remarkably, 3% of women said they would be uncomfortable with a female Mayor.

Tessa Jowell and Diane Abbott are both standing to be the Labour candidate for London Mayor.