12% agreed migrant workers should be encouraged to boost economy
9th March 2010: The voters are apparently dissatisfied with the immigration policies of the Tories, Labour, and even or `Lib Dems’. Even the BNP has failed to muster support for its immigration policy.
An opinion poll for the Daily Express has, in fact, revealed that on an average six out of 10 adults talked to during the survey simply refused to back the immigration policies of the three major parties.
As many as 12 per cent voters agreed with the Government’s claim that migrant workers should be encouraged to boost the economy.
But the survey revealed that the Westminster politicians from all main parties have failed to convince voters on the issue of controlling immigration.
The Labour immigration polices were supported by 11 per cent of the voters talked to. The Conservatives policies received a marginally better support. The survey found only 18 per cent of the voters supported Conservatives policies, including an annual cap on the number of migrants allowed to enter Britain. Just about seven per cent backed the Lib Dems’ policies.
As many as 16 per cent of voters felt none of the parties had the best policies on the issue of immigration. Another 10 per cent backed the immigration policies of parties like the UK Independence Party, the Greens and the British National Party. Another 35 per cent said it did not know which party’s immigration policies were best.
A substantial number of voters made it clear that the immigration issue would be crucial to their decision on which party to vote for during the general election. The poll was carried out by opinion poll experts `Opinium Research’. In all, approximately 2,000 adults from across Britain participated in the online poll over the weekend by answering a series of questions on immigration.
The survey of 1,960 people suggested 69 per cent of the voters felt the massive inflow of newcomers to the UK during the past few years has had a “negative” impact on the society. It was putting strain on housing, hospitals and schools.
On an average, one in five voters claimed immigration already had a negative impact on their local community.
Reacting to the results, Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said the political classes were ignoring the strongly held views of a large section of the electorate.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said he wanted to see immigration limited to the level it was 20 years ago, when it was in the tens of thousands and not the hundreds of thousands each year.