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  • Posted on 11 February 2014

    Has the EU lost the public for good?

    Support for the EU is at an all-time low in the UK. A third of the British public now want to leave the EU: up from around one in 10 % twenty years ago and our British Social Attitudes shows the trend has accelerated over the last 5 years in the aftermath of the financial crisis. On top of this, another four in 10 want reduced powers for the EU. So a lot of people in the UK - two-thirds - are not happy with the status quo.

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    Tags: BSA30, EU, Europe, European Union, Penny Young, Social and Political attitudes (1), governments, political apathy, political trust, politicians, politics, trust

  • Posted on 07 January 2014

    Politicians Still Behind the Curve on Immigration Debate

    The media just loves the immigration debate, and Nick Robinson's programme tonight (The Truth About Immigration, 21:30 on BBC2) is proving the perfect hook. The programme includes our most recent British Social Attitudes finding that over 3 in 4 of us (77%) want to see a reduction in immigration. Such a high figure is of course newsworthy and yet, here at NatCen, we know that this is not a sudden trend. Since we first asked this question in 1995, when levels of immigration were relatively low, at least two-thirds of the population has consistently said that they would like to see a reduction in immigration. Politicians were out of step with the public back then, concerned that debating immigration would be seen as racist. Now they are prepared to talk openly about it, but are still struggling to keep up with the more complex nuances emerging.

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    Tags: BSA, British Social Attitudes, immigration, politicians

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