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Cats, the dress and sarcasm is how Twitter has chosen to respond to a controversial front-page story from The Sun newspaper that claimed 1 in 5 British Muslims held sympathy for jihadis.

The #1in5Muslims hashtag is being flooded with humour and pop culture references in reaction to the story, which has also received a record amount of more than 1,200 official complaints.

The poll interviewed 1,003 people who identified themselves as Muslims, with 14.5 per cent saying they held “some sympathy” for young individuals who had left the UK to fight in Syria, and 5 per cent said they had “a lot of sympathy”.

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However, some have questioned whether the results were fairly reported, with UK political analyst Mike Smithson noting the proportion of those polled with “a lot of sympathy” was just 1 in 20.

Twitter users also showed scepticism towards the poll’s wording, with Daniel Kraemer saying: “If it doesn’t specify who they’re fighting for, surely it could include sympathy for those fighting with the Kurds.”

The Sun said it had “published the poll’s findings clearly and accurately, including the questions in full”.

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