Even Lib Dem Voters Back Tighter Migration Controls, Survey Suggests

Martin Beckford, Telegraph (London), March 8, 2012

The YouGov poll found that overall more than four out of five respondents backed the Government’s plans to tighten up checks on foreigners before they are allowed to join spouses and relatives in Britain.

But it found that even those who voted Lib Dem at the election were in favour of the proposals, alongside Conservative and Labour supporters, despite the third party’s more relaxed policies on immigration.

The survey of 2,287 adults found that 81 per cent of those who voted Lib Dem at the general election were in favour of applicants for family migration to be interviewed in their home countries, to make sure their application to settle in Britain is genuine. The same proportion of Labour voters, and slightly more Tory voters (88 per cent) agreed with the policy.

In addition, 93 per cent of Lib Dem voters agreed with the suggestion that potential migrants should have to understand everyday English, more than the 87 per cent of Labour voters recorded.

Finally 75 per cent of Lib Dem supporters agreed that the minimum income for migrants who want to bring partners from overseas should be raised from £5,500 a year to £18,000. By contrast, 69 per cent of Labour voters and 91 per cent of Conservatives backed the plan.

Sir Andrew Green the chairman of Migration Watch UK, the pressure group that commissioned the poll, said: “These are stunning results. They are a huge public endorsement of the proposals that the Government has put forward.”

Although the Coalition has put forward several policies to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” a year, down from the current level of 250,000, many have met resistance from senior Lib Dem MPs.

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has led claims that the cap on migrant numbers will damage the economy and a year ago warned David Cameron that his rhetoric on immigration “risked inflaming extremism”.


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  • With enough sewage even Liberals start to choke

  • DelmarJackson

    The problem in the UK is not unassimilating  immigrants, they are a symptom. The problem is the citizens who deliberately gave their country away and those that did nothing to stop them. Nothing has changed, The UK and most of the West is doomed.
     I am willing to bet 9 out of 10 viewers and responders on this site have never joined numbersusa, called or faxed their elected representative , called their local politicians office about immigration or joined any group or organization or even read more than a handul of articles educating them selves on the subject.
     We are living on the edge of disaster, demographically, and no one is interested in being a good citizen, much less a good ancestor.  Our childrens children will spit on our graves.

    • Memphomaniac

      Our children will watch our grandchildren dig up our graves and scatter our bones at the nearest landfill, smash the monument, and change their name in disgust.

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is that the British political class is fully aware of the deep seated and overwhelming hostility of the British public to mass third world immigration.They have been fully aware right from the time the first third world immigrants came 60 years ago.
     – But they still pig-headedly and arrogantly insist on promoting yet more immigration, and over the years have become bolder, advocating ‘no borders’ immigration (Andrew Neather, New Labour).
     Put simply the political class couldn’t give a damn about public opinion on this issue.The only thing that will make them change is when their own cushy jobs are threatened – just look at the panicked squawks emitted by Sarkozy recently.

  • JackKrak

    In Britain, as in America and elsewhere, it has reached the point where there are only two groups who openly admit to supporting further immigration –

    1) The hardcore self-hating lefty element
    2) Immigrants themselves keen to keep the door open for the 19 cousins they plan on bringing over

    Don’t believe any survey results that put the percentage of people supporting more immigration at more than about 15-20%


    It is a long way from an opinion poll to legislation.How can it be “damaging to our ecomony”when we have close to 3 million unemployed,we do not need any more primitives.

  • usapatriot1776

    Governments are acting under orders from the global banks. They are no longer at all trying to serve the interests of the people.

    More specifically, they must destroy free white countries to pave the way for global government. Only when you understand this do their actions start to all make sense.

  • ageofknowledge

    Why would they do that? The U.S. Labor Bureau’s Office of Foreign Certification processed requests by over 400 thousand employers in 2010 for almost a million foreign workers to be imported into the U.S. labor market while ignoring millions of new immigrants (legal and illegal) flooding in. The U.S. population clock shows a net of one migrant worker every 46 seconds entering the country to displace American workers.

    This is all good I thought. It promoted diversity. I guess unemployed Americans are finding out that this kind of diversity isn’t good for them.