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Attitudes towards immigration: Survey conducted for IMiX

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Perceptions over the impact immigration has had on Britain are on balance positive and are stable compared with two years ago according to a new Ipsos MORI study for IMiX, the migration communications hub.
The online survey of c.2,500 British adults is the latest in a unique longitudinal study which looks to track how individuals’ views on immigration and other values change over time. The latest survey finds that:
General attitudes towards immigration are more positive than negative
Just under half (45%) say they’re positive about immigration’s impact on Britain while three in ten (31%) say they are negative (down 3 points). This remains stable after the increase in more positive immigration attitudes seen just before and after the EU referendum and is in line with other recent Ipsos MORI research.

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Attitudes towards immigration: Survey conducted for IMiX

  1. 1. Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019| Version 1 | PUBLIC © 2016 Ipsos. All rights reserved. Contains Ipsos' Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be disclosed or reproduced without the prior written consent of Ipsos. 1 Attitudes towards immigration © 2019 Ipsos. All rights reserved. Contains Ipsos' Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be disclosed or reproduced without the prior written consent of Ipsos. Survey conducted on behalf of IMiX
  2. 2. Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 2 Immigration
  3. 3. 3Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Q On a scale of 0 to 10, has migration had a positive or negative impact on Britain? (0 is “very negative”, 10 is “very positive”) Base: All respondents (W1: 4574; W2: 3770; W3:3023; W4:2698; W6: 4002; W7: 4071; W8: 2520: Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 31% 17% 45% 7% 0 10 20 30 40 50 Jan 2015 Jan 2016 Jan 2017 Jan 2018 W1(Feb‘15) W2(Apr‘15) W3(May‘15) W4(Jun‘15) W6(Apr‘16) W7(Oct‘16) W8(Dec‘18) Negative (0-4) Indecisive (5) Positive (6-10) Don’t know Perceptions over the impact immigration has had on Britain remains stable from two years ago with more saying it has been positive than negative
  4. 4. 4Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 6 7 5 22 25 16 33 28 37 21 22 22 12 14 16 6 4 4 Immigration is good for the standard of living for people already living in Britain I have no problems with the way Britain’s population is changing Over the past few years I have become more positive or less worried about the impact immigration has on Britain % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 29% 33% 33% 36% 21% 38% Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following? People are split on whether immigration improves people standard of living and whether they are comfortable with how Britain’s population is changing. One in five say they have become less worried about immigration
  5. 5. 5Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 51 27 24 15 15 14 9 4 The discussions over the past few years have highlighted how much immigrants contribute to the UK I personally know more people who are migrants either at work or socially I believe that fewer immigrants will come to the UK once Britain leaves the EU There are fewer negative stories about immigration than there were a few years ago I am less worried about the refugee crisis affecting Britain than I was a few years ago There are fewer immigrants coming to the UK now than there were before None of these Don’t know/ prefer not to say Mentions for each code (%)** Q And which of the following reasons explain why you think that you have become more positive or less worried about the impact immigration has on Britain? Of those less worried – it’s mainly because how much immigrants contribute to the UK -but they now recognise Base: All those who have become more positive/less worried about the impact of immigration has on Britain (541): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 **respondents allowed to select more than one option other reasons contribute
  6. 6. 6Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 51 27 24 15 14 15 9 4 The discussions over the past few years have highlighted how much immigrants contribute to the UK I personally know more people who are migrants either at work or socially I believe that fewer immigrants will come to the UK once Britain leaves the EU I am less worried about the refugee crisis affecting Britain than I was a few years ago There are fewer immigrants coming to the UK now than there were before There are fewer negative stories about immigration than there were a few years ago None of these Don’t know/ prefer not to say Mentions for each code (%)** Q And which of the following reasons explain why you think that you have become more positive or less worried about the impact immigration has on Britain? Of those less worried – it’s mainly because how much immigrants contribute to the UK - but they now recognise Base: All those who have become more positive/less worried about the impact of immigration has on Britain (541): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 * people selecting at least one of these options 63%* 41%* **respondents allowed to select more than one option other reasons contribute
  7. 7. 7Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Base: All respondents (W1: 4574; W2: 3770; W3:3023; W4:2698; W6: 4002; W7: 4071; W8: 2520: Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q Do you think the number of immigrants coming to Britain nowadays should be increased a lot, increased a little, remain the same as it is, reduced a little, or reduced a lot? The proportion of those who want to see immigration reduced remains stable at three in five 45 43 41 44 42 37 33 22 22 22 22 20 23 25 20 21 23 19 24 27 28 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 4 6 W1 (Feb ’15) W2 (Apr ’15) W3 (May ’15) W4 (Jun ’15) W6 (Apr’16) W7 (Oct ’16) W8 (Dec ‘18) % Reduced a lot % Reduced a little % Remain the same as it is % Increased a little % Increased a lot % Don’t know
  8. 8. 8Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 49 30 34 30 42 47 31 34 35 47 Having a mix of different people in an area makes it a more enjoyable place to live I would rather live in an area where people are from the same ethnic background as me These days I feel like a stranger in my own country Immigrants take jobs away from real Britons Immigrants take important welfare services away from real Britons W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) Q To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (% agree) While overall views on immigration remain fewer who say immigrants take jobs stable there are now or public services away from real Britons
  9. 9. 9Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 10 13 19 23 21 22 27 22 20 18 3 2 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 30% 35% 46% 40% Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘Immigrants take jobs away from real Britons’ Fewer people now say immigrants take jobs away from real Britons compared to two years ago
  10. 10. 10Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 19 19 23 28 20 19 19 16 15 15 4 2 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 42% 47% 34% 31% Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘Immigrants take important welfare services away from real Britons’ And fewer also say immigrants take important welfare services away from real Britons – with two fifths saying they agree
  11. 11. 11Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 14 32 30 33 36 34 26 17 20 14 9 11 10 2 3 3 4 3 Immigration enriches our culture and makes the UK a more interesting place to live Migration puts pressure on public services and housing Too often, migrants don’t integrate and follow British customs % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 47% 68% 24% 11% 64% 14% Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following? While close to half think immigration enriches the UK, two-thirds think it puts pressure on public services and housing and similar proportion think immigrants don’t follow British customs
  12. 12. 12Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Base: All respondents (W1: 4574; W2: 3770; W3:3023; W4:2698; W6: 4002; W7: 4071; W8: 2520: Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way the current government is dealing with immigration? The majority of people remain dissatisfied 28 28 31 34 26 33 33 32 28 31 10 8 11 8 10 2 1 1 1 1 W1 (Feb ’15) W2 (Apr ’15) W5 (Oct ’15) W6 (Apr’16) W8 (Dec ‘18) % Very dissatisfied % Fairly dissatisfied % Fairly satisfied % Very satisfied with how the government is dealing with immigration
  13. 13. 13Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 10 3 20 20 10 6 7 6 5 5 6 4 2 21 6 27 25 18 17 16 13 11 9 8 10 6 47 40 31 35 42 48 48 49 46 45 47 47 47 8 19 8 8 11 11 12 13 17 17 12 18 16 5 23 5 5 10 7 7 10 13 15 18 13 17 Higher-skilled workers Lower-skilled workers Nurses Doctors Care home workers Computer and software experts Academics Seasonal fruit and vegetable pickers Construction labourers Students People coming to join their spouse… Restaurant and catering staff Bankers % Increased a lot % Increased a little % Remain about the same % Decreased a little % Decreased a lot Q After Britain leaves the European Union, would you prefer the number of EU citizens from each of the below groups coming to live in the UK to be increased, reduced, or should it remain about the same? Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Britons want to see an increase in higher People coming to join their spouse or partner who already live in the UK to the UK from the EU. Nurses and doctors top the list but are followed by care home workers skilled workers coming
  14. 14. Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 14 Economic outlook
  15. 15. 15Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Q What would you say is the most important issue facing Britain today? (Respondents could select more than one option) Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 29 14 9 6 6 4 4 21 13 18 14 6 4 1 Relationship with the European Union The NHS Immigration The economy Poverty and inequality Terrorism Crime, law and order W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) 4+ mentions (%) Concern over Brexit has increased since 2016 while the number worried about immigration has halved
  16. 16. 16Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Q Do you think the UK is moving in the right or wrong direction? 18 23 50 10 Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Half think the country is moving in the wrong direction while only one in five think it’s moving in the right direction  % Right direction  % Neither the right or wrong direction  % Wrong direction  % Don't know
  17. 17. 17Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Q All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole nowadays? Where 0 means extremely dissatisfied and 10 means extremely satisfied. 16 14 11 12 73 73 1 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Dissatisfied (0-4) % Neutral (5) % Satisfied (6-10) % Don't know Base: All respondents (2520): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Three-quarters say they are satisfied with their life which is unchanged since October 2016
  18. 18. 18Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 18 13 41 36 25 30 12 15 2 3 3 4 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 58% 49% 13% 18% Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘For most people in Britain life is getting worse rather than better’ Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 However, significantly more people now say that for most people in Britain life is getting worse
  19. 19. 19Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 7 6 20 15 49 49 23 28 1 2 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) 72% 77% 27% 21% Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q Which of the descriptions comes closest to how you feel about your household’s income nowadays? More than a quarter are finding it difficult on present income – an increase since 2016  % Finding it very difficult on present income  % Finding it difficult on present income  % Coping on present income  % Living comfortably on present income  % Don’t know
  20. 20. 20Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 5 5 19 23 36 37 21 20 11 9 9 6 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 23% 28% 32% 29% Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘I personally benefit from economic growth in Britain’ A quarter of people feel they personally benefit from economic growth in Britain – down slightly from 2016
  21. 21. 21Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 10 10 38 43 28 27 17 15 6 4 1 1 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 49% 53% 23% 19% Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘I’m always optimistic about my future’ Half say that they always feel optimistic about their future – slightly down from 2016
  22. 22. 22Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC 16 13 31 29 28 29 16 19 5 7 4 4 W8 (Dec '18) W7 (Oct '16) % Strongly agree % Tend to agree % Neither / nor % Tend to disagree % Strongly disagree % Don't know 47% 42% 21% 25% Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that ‘Things in Britain were better in the past’ Base: All respondents (W8: 2520; W7: 4071): Fieldwork dates: 17th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 Sense of nostalgia has increased - almost half now feel that things in Britain were better in the past
  23. 23. 23Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019 | Version 1 | PUBLIC Technical note Wave number Fieldwork dates Number of respondents W1 (Feb ’15) 25 Feb – 4 Mar 2015 4,574 W2 (Apr ’15) 27 Mar – 7 Apr 2015 3,770 W3 (May ’15) 30 Apr – 6 May 2015 3,023 W4 (Jun ’15) 26 Jun – 2 Jul 2015 2,698 W5 (Oct ’15) 15 – 19 Oct 2015 1,941 W6 (Apr’16) 14 -25 Apr 2016 4,002 which comprised two samples: (1) 1,606 who completed Wave 1 (2) 2,396 new top up sample W7 (Oct ’16) 13-20 Oct 2016 4,071 which comprised two samples: (1) 2,765 who completed Wave 6 (2) 1,306 who completed Wave 1 W8 (Dec ’18) 17th Dec 2018 - 7th Jan 2019 2,520 which comprised two samples: (1) 1,413 who completed at least one previous wave (1 – 7) (2) 1,107 new top up sample • Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Data are weighted to reflect the population profile. This survey is wave 8 in a series of surveys. Interviews for all 8 waves were conducted online and all questions, with the exception of Q21B, were asked of all respondents. • The survey was conducted on behalf of IMiX, the migration communications hub with funding from Unbound Philanthropy and the Barrow Cadbury Trust. • This survey (wave 8) was transitioned into a Device Agnostic survey, enabling respondents to complete the survey on mobile phones and tablets more efficiently. • Percentage scores are shown out of 100%. Where figures do not add up to 100%, this is due to computer rounding. An asterisks indicates a score less than 0.5%, but greater than zero. Combined figures are based on the constituent parts (e.g. % agree = % strongly agree + % tend to agree). These figures are also subject to the effect of rounding. The number of interviews completed and fieldwork dates for each wave are outlined in the table below. For each wave, data are weighted to the profile of the population. Differences between waves in these charts are for the overall level rather than longitudinal so they are not indicative of a change at an individual respondent level.
  24. 24. Attitudes towards Immigration | January 2019| Version 1 | PUBLIC © 2016 Ipsos. All rights reserved. Contains Ipsos' Confidential and Proprietary information and may not be disclosed or reproduced without the prior written consent of Ipsos. 24 Ipsos MORI | 3 Thomas More Square | London E1W 1YW | t: +44 (0)20 7347 3000 | www.ipsos-mori.com/ FURTHER INFORMATION For more information please contact: Kully Kaur-Ballagan Kully.Kaur-Ballagan@ipsos.com Glenn Gottfried Glenn.Gottfried@ipsos.com Stephanie Holden Stephanie.Holden@ipsos.com

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