However, Taj Hargey, Imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation, said Mr Johnson "should not apologise for telling the truth", adding that his comments did not go far enough.
Baroness Warsi repeated her calls for an investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative party in a piece in the Guardian, and noted there had been a 26% rise in hate crimes against Muslims a year ago, according to figures from monitoring group Tell Mama. They send out a message that Muslim women are fair game. "I also know that many other people believe strongly that in the whole of the article, what Mr Johnson appears to have been attempting to do was to say that there shouldn't be a ban and that he was engaging in a legitimate debate".
Meanwhile Scotland's Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called for the former Foreign Secretary to apologise, despite agreeing with the wider point in his column that face-covering veils should not be banned. "If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you", he wrote.
He said: "She's clearly wrong to have asked him to have apologised".
"We have to call it out".
"It's not the job of the Prime Minister to tell backbenchers what to do".
The poll was conducted for Sky News using a nationally representative sample of 1,649 Sky customers on August 8th 2018, using data weighted to the profile of the population.