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Four out of five Victorians do not trust the Islamic faith, alarming new research for the state government has revealed.

A survey, conducted by an international consulting company, has found only 17 per cent of the general population trust Islam and a majority of Victorians believe a face veil "inhibits social inclusion".

More than 3000 Victorians who were surveyed rated Islam as the least-trusted institution.

Senior figures in the Victorian Government are worried this antipathy towards Islam has helped fuel the rise of extreme right views.


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