A new poll shows that more than a third of people in Britain view comments by former foreign minister Boris Johnson on burqa, a full-body dress for Muslim women, as racist.
According to the results of the survey by Sky News, six out of ten people said it was “not” racist to compare Muslim women wearing the Islamic veils to “bank robbers” and “letter boxes ” as Johnson had designated, while just 33 percent of the respondents thought it was racist.
The poll also suggested that 26 percent of Britons were against a ban on burqas, while around 60 percent supported such a ban by the government.
The poll was conducted after Johnson made the comparisons in an article for The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday.
It revealed that Britons remain split as to whether Johnson should apologize for his remarks – 45 percent think he should do so, while the majority, some 48 percent, think he should not.
People from the capital city London were…