Earlier this week, we told you about how a pollster who worked on the Sun’s “1-in-5 Muslims support jihadis” poll had come out criticising the poll’s methodology and how it was portrayed by The Sun. Yesterday, fellow British News Corp paper The Times issued an apology for relying on the poll:

“We reported the findings of a Survation poll of 1,000 British Muslims (News, Nov 24). Asked ‘How do you feel about young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria?’, 14 per cent of respondents expressed ‘some sympathy’, and 5 per cent ‘a lot of sympathy’. The survey did not distinguish between those who go to fight for Islamic State and those who join other factions in Syria, and did not ask about attitudes towards ISIS itself. Our headline, ‘One in five British Muslims have sympathy for Isis’, was misleading in failing to reflect this.”

Peter Fray

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