The Home Office plans to commission a series of telephone polls to survey British Muslims' attitudes towards extremist ideas and ideologies, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Ministers hope that the polling will not only measure respondents' existing views but also allow them to track the effectiveness of counter-extremism initiatives such as the controversial Prevent programme.

But Muslim leaders voiced concerns that the polling reinforced the notion that the Muslim community was suspect, and said sampling difficulties meant the results could be "plain wrong".

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