Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Immigration Polls

British attitudes on immigration are hugely divided across cultural, age and education lines, with big gaps between people in affluent, multicultural cities and those from struggling and deprived areas, a major study concludes. Hope Not Hate bases its findings on six years of polling and focus groups. It warns of a potential rise in far-right and anti-Islam sentiments unless politicians tackle disaffections behind the vote for Brexit.

The 100 areas where people are most likely to oppose immigration are in towns or on the outskirts of cities, with 93 of them in the Midlands or north of England. “The strong view in many of these communities is that they have been abandoned and left to rot by the political establishment in preference to addressing the needs and wishes of new arrivals in the cities,” said Nick Lowles, the chief executive of Hope Not Hate. The 100 areas most linked with what the report calls the “confident multicultural” population are all in major cities or very close to universities. 

 60% of people believe immigration as a whole is good for Britain – an increase.

 But in the wake of the 2017 terror attacks and grooming gang prosecutions, 32% of people believe there are Muslim “no-go areas” in Britain governed by Sharia law (a view endorsed by 49% of leave voters in the Brexit referendum.)

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