In Australia, is anti-Islam sentiment predominantly associated with people who have, or are descended from, nationalities more traditionally associated with Australia, such as the UK, Ireland, and countries in western Europe, the kind of countries that were more acceptable during the height of the White Australia Policy? Although they've been here the longest, I'm not referring to Aborigines or Torres Straight Islanders as descended from nationalities traditionally associated with Australia.
Islamophobia, social distance and fear of terrorism in Australia: a preliminary report has in the PDF report that anti-Islam sentiment is more common in people from a non-English speaking background (page 18):
Those from English speaking background (ESB) do not differ from the reference group Australian born, but non-ESB are more than 50% more likely to be in the high Islamophobia Score level (odds ratio 1.67).
The report also says that anti-Islam sentiment is more common in Buddhists and Hindus compared to the national average (page 15):
There are significant differences in Islamophobia scores among respondents with different religious affiliations.
Among the followers of non-Christian religious affiliations, the Buddhists and Hindus, two of the fastest growing religions in Australia, have significantly higher Islamophobia scores.
and while the results of this survey isn't too surprising, I'd like to know whether other research backs this up, because the impression the mainstream media often gives is that anti-Islam sentiment in Australia is the domain of Bogan Caucasians (similar to that of a Redneck in the US).