Flawed methodology behind Policy Research report

In a letter to the Guardian, Tariq Modood and Ziauddin Sardar question the methodology behind the recent, much-publicised Policy Research report Living Apart Together. They point out:

“The Cabinet Office’s Equality, Diversity and Prejudice Survey 2006, produced by Professors Dominic Abrams and Diane Houston, confirms that out of all social groups Muslims are at a higher risk of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination on all relevant markers. In this light, we would urge the media to act more responsibly in its dissemination of research on Muslims and Islam.”

The complete version of the Populus poll on which the Policy Exchange report was based is now available online, by the way.