Only a quarter of Britons know a Sikh place of worship is a Gurdwara
By Barfi Culture Team
30th April 2019

Who knows where Sikhs worship? We expect most of our audience does.

But the majority of Britons don't.

The polling company YouGov asked a representative sample of over 8000 British adults: 'Which of the following is the name for a Sikh place of worship?'

The answers weren't very comforting for British Sikhs.

Only a quarter knew Sikhs went to a Gurdwara. A larger proportion thought Sikhs went to a 'temple'.

The poll was commissioned after West Midlands Mayor mistakenly said he was pleased to visit the 'Guru Nanak Mosque' in Smethwick while visiting Vaisakhi celebrations. He later went to the Gurdwara personally to apologise.

The incident also prompted academic Dr Jasjit Singh to say this gaffe was an opportunity for Sikhs to do more educating

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