Monday Graph: attitudes to immigration by political party


Courtesy of British Future (via)

In a poll carried out by Ipsos Mori for British Future, people were asked: to give the contribution of immigration to Britain on a score of 0 (entirely negative) to 10 (entirely positive).

The results are below


What we see:

-Roughly about 1 in 5 of all voters gave immigration a 0; about 1 in 4 gave it a score higher than 7

-UKIP voters quite unsurprisingly stand out in that 41% gave it a 0 and only 5% (so one in 20) 7 or higher.

-Conservative voters cover the anti-immigration side and middle ground quite evenly, but they are unlikely to give immigration a score higher than 7

You can see the segments better in this graph:



So, Conservative voters are only slightly more likely to be hardline anti-immigration than liberal pro-immigration; Labour and Lib-Dem voters are more likely to be liberal pro-immigration than hardline anti; but in all three cases the most solid base is the sceptical centre (quite wonderfully illustrated by the “all voters” bar: where 50% occupy the centre while the rest of 50% is neatly spread almost evenly.

On the other hand, UKIP voters do not have the same profile;  in their case; there seem to be a near-even split between “hardline anti-immigration” and “sceptical centre”, with a very small “liberal pro-immigration minority”.

What we cannot see from the graph (and I’d love to know):

-How are these divisions across class divides? Urban-rural? By educational level? (The original article does mention that “younger voters, graduates and Londoners make up a larger proportion of” those valuing immigration the most; but I’d love to map it for the electorate of each political party (particularly in the case of Labour voters)

-Also, although given the tiny percentage it couldn’t be too statistically relevant, I do wonder: who are the 4% of Ukip voters who are pro-immigration?


3 thoughts on “Monday Graph: attitudes to immigration by political party

    • Yeah, “hardcore libertarians” would have been my best guess too. If you think about it, economic libertarianism in its purest form would necessit something quite close to open borders- as in “the state has no business telling private enterprises whom to hire- and this includes immigrants”.


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