`Two thirds voters supported immigration, if pride in Britain was maintained’

They supported immigration also if migrants contributed to country

23rd August 2010: Two thirds of voters supported immigration, if pride in Britain was maintained, a post mortem of the recently concluded elections has revealed. 


A post election poll carried out for a Left-wing think-tank has found they supported immigration also if the migrants made a contribution to the country. The findings come at a time when the government is all out to place a firm cap on the number of immigrants.

The survey suggests Labour lost after it failed to get across to voters its message on managing economic migration.

The poll findings also suggest Labour’s next leader must not evade the issue; and ensure the party’s policies governing housing, welfare and employment rights are placed in the context of debates voters themselves are having about immigration.

Analyst Richard Darlington has asserted the polling evidence shows Labour lost voters over immigration and failed to get its message across to voters about managing economic migration.

Labour’s next leader must not duck the issue and should make sure they position policies on housing, welfare and employment rights in the context of the debates voters themselves are having about immigration.’

The poll carried out for Demos claimed voters’ apprehensions on immigration were the prime reason for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s defeat in the elections.

For the purpose of reaching the conclusions, Demos relied upon a large-scale poll of 45,000 voters carried out by YouGov. Demos had hit the limelight as one of Tony Blair’s most favoured think-tanks.

The voters left Labour high and dry due to the party’s ‘moderate’ anxiety for proper border controls and on the issue of migrants making a fair contribution in return for welfare benefits.

Apprehensions on immigration were strongest among the working-class voters. The poll claimed approximately 50 per cent of the worst-off voters wanted restrictions on economic immigrants. In the case of the highest earners, it was just a quarter.

The survey came to the conclusion that more number of voters thought economic migrants damaged the economy and society, than those who believed economic migration was a benefit. The ratio was 3:1.

Approximately 36 per cent thought migration was damaging to both economy and society. As many as 50 per cent of all voters were of the opinion immigrants should be required to contribute before claiming welfare benefits or other State help.

One in five of Labour’s lost voters believed the policy on greater diversity was undermining British identity.

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