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By Clive Field, British Religion in Numbers, University of Manchester

The survey is of unusual importance in terms of the number of questions asked and the large size of the sample (5,054 adults aged 18 and over interviewed online in England between 28-31 January 2011).

The Trust is a registered charity formed in 1992 that works with communities to build responses to racism and hatred, dispel myths and develop greater understanding. It has just established the Together project to explore and tackle the rise of right-wing nationalism and extremism in Britain and western Europe.

Only a small proportion of the poll’s statistics have been included in Searchlight’s Fear & HOPE report, based on the survey, which concluded that ‘there is not a progressive majority in society and… that there is a deep resentment to immigration, as well as scepticism towards multiculturalism.

‘There is a widespread fear of the “Other”, particularly Muslims, and there is an appetite for a new right-wing p...

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