The Times has issued a correction after it followed sister paper The Sun in distorting the findings of a Survation poll on British Muslim attitudes towards fighters in Syria. The Times correction states:
"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 it did not ask about attitudes towards Isis itself. Our headline, "One in five British Muslims has sympathy for Isis", was misleading in failing to reflect this."
The Times could easily have saved itself this embarrassing retreat. Its story appeared a day later than The Sun's, by which time the story and the survey it was based on had already been widely discredited.
The Times' correction comes after Survation distanced itself from The Sun and its reporting of the survey. More than 2,000 complaints about The Sun's story have been received by IPSO.