POLLING suggests 67 per cent of Glaswegians would support a ban on Orange walks.

This is above the Scotland-wide figure of 57 per cent supporting a ban.

Those against a ban cited freedom of speech, religion and right to assembly as their main reasons.

Censuswide Scotland surveyed 1,100 people including 351 from Glasgow on the controversial demonstrations.

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Matt Poole, general manager, said: “While useful for understanding the wider context on an issue, opinions are not always rooted in hard facts and figures, which is why we decided to carry out this particular piece of research.”

Some 85 per cent of Glaswegians would support a ban to tackle hate crime, compared to 81 per cent across Scotland.

In Glasgow, more than half for a ban, 51 per cent, said it was due to finding the marches intimidating, and 52 per cent for disruption of travel.

Research suggests 28 per cent of Glaswegians would support an outright ban of the Orange Order compared to 26 per cent across Scotland.

Across most indicators, Glasgow residents appear to be less tolerant of Orange walks.

A total of 61 per cent of the respondents do not even know why the Orange Order arranges and attends the marches.

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The research follows the Boyne Parade on July 12 where a Catholic priest was spat on, provoking public outrage.

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “It is clear from the responses to this survey that there is a strength of feeling, particularly in Glasgow, about parades and processions but also a recognition of freedom of expression and right of assembly.

“It is also notable that those opposing Loyal Order parades are, in the main, doing so on the basis of their association with crime, disorder and sectarianism.

“In recent weeks I have publicly stated that the organisers of certain parades too often ignore the impact that the frequency of their parades and the behaviours of those they attract have on the city and its communities. This cannot continue.

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“Recent incidents have led to a renewed focus on the role of the council in relation to parades and processions.”

Ms Aitken pointed out the right to march is enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

But she added that if problems continue parliamentarians may have to consider legislation.

Scottish Greens councillor Jon Molyneux said: “Clearly given the strength of feeling on this issue, this needs to be looked at afresh so that the council has the powers to stop or curtail marches where there are genuine concerns over sectarianism.”

A Scottish Conservatives spokesman told how work has to be done after “unsavoury” scenes in July.

He added: “But banning these walks is not the answer and would be unfair on the vast majority of those who take part responsibly.”

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said: “We note that the pollsters only spoke with 351 people in Glasgow which has a population of 1.2 million.

“To try and suggest that this figure is representative of opinion in Glasgow simply isn’t credible.”