70% Say No to More Migrants: Survey Reveals Public’s Concerns About Immigration

James Slack, Daily Mail (London), February 16, 2014

Seven out of ten voters want immigration reduced or stopped completely, according to a poll released last night.

The YouGov survey found strong public concern about immigration, with people saying only the economy will be more important in the 2015 general election.

The poll also revealed six out of ten people believe it is essential that migrants should be able to speak English, while 67 per cent think British people should be given priority for jobs.

Net migration—the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and those emigrating—rose to 182,000 in the year to June, up from 167,000 in the previous 12 months.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to get this figure below 100,000 in the current Parliament.

According to the ONS, there are now 785,000 adults in the UK who are ‘non-proficient’ in English.

The poll was conducted for the Channel 5’s The Big British Immigration Row: Live, which will be screened tonight at 8pm.

Campaigners said the government must now listen and take firmer steps to reduce the number of incomers.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: ‘This poll makes it crystal clear that the immigration lobby have decisively lost the battle for public opinion.

‘The public’s common sense has seen through their arguments. The political system must now respond.’

Some 70 per cent of voters said they want immigration reduced (49 per cent) or stopped completely (21 per cent).

Almost half of people who support the Liberal Democrats—the party most in favour of immigration—want a cut of halt in the number of new arrivals.

The poll also found 42 per cent of all respondents said immigration will be ‘important’ in deciding how they vote, putting the issue ahead of crime, the NHS, welfare, housing and Europe.

Some 42 per cent of those surveyed also feel that immigration is bad for the economy, compared to 25 per cent who said it was good.

A total of 44 per cent believe that immigrants do not contribute to the British way of life, compared to 39 per cent who gave a positive response, and nearly two-thirds of the country is worried about immigration levels.

Six out of then believe that people coming to live and work in this country should wait a longer period of time—more than a year—before using free public services such as the NHS.

A majority of supporters of all three major parties, plus UKIP, said it was vital that migrants should learn English.

Those who could speak English had a lower employment rate—48.3 per cent—and were more than three times as likely to report no qualifications (46.2 per cent) as those with English as their main language.

Channel 5’s director of programming, Ben Frow said: ‘These survey results demonstrate that immigration is at the top of the agenda in today’s Britain.’

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Truthseeker

    The only response the political system is likely to give them is a few empty words and an increase in immigration.

  • Spartacus

    They’re all naziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews, just like I am .

    • Romulus

      According to the latest global census, I believe the number has risen to approx 13to 16 million .
      Author Claire berlinski’s book “Menace in Europe”

      • Sue

        What did they use now? Spiderwebsfromhell?

        • Romulus


          • Sue

            As the murder weapon.

          • Romulus

            Thank you for that. Lol. I get a little blurry eyed after 9pm.( long days)

  • David Ashton

    C.S.Lewis once said that he couldn’t stand the Church of England services but as a Christian he stuck it out as a penance. That is how I sit through the fixed TV discussions of immigration, but I had to switch off after dipping just for a few moments into a much advertised Channel 5 programme on the Big British Immigration Row yesterday PM (Feb 17). One beleagured white English woman was subjected to continual interruption and invective from non-white mouths and swallowed-lemon looks from a well-known imdignant white “liberal” as she asked where were the 70 per cent represented in the studio. Accused of “racism”, she had to say that she wasn’t against immigration, but some immigrants were spongers. She was very much the “ethnic minority” under attack from foreign colonialists, but the crucial issues of cultural stability and national identity were of course bypassed by shifting the arguments to the purely economic.

    Having had personal experience of stage-managed programmes on immigration, for once I didn’t bother to watch the whole two tedious hours of “row” with the native population on the receiving end in their own ancestral homeland. Maybe competent and intelligent whites like Douglas Murray or Leo McKinstry appeared later, but they are the sort of people needed on live TV until even more effective spokesmen are allowed on screen.

    • wildfirexx

      This is always the case when the minorities views are over-represented, and the majorities views are un-represented. All the anti-white socialists come out of the woodwork to over shadow the truth tellers. But if the polls reflect the true nature of the British people, then the next election may be the turning point of this anti-white campaign against the true Brits.

    • The programme was absolutely shocking. Not unexpected, but still shocking. The editor of the Sun, in particular, was absolutely fanatical in his loathing for the ‘indigenous’ population.

      I am not sure if our American cousins can get hold of a copy or watch it again on the internet catch-up, but it was a prime example of just how far things haves sunk here in Britain. It certainly will not be an easy watch, but of course, it was stacked from the outset and aimed to be that way.

      • David Ashton

        Hopefully it will prove effectively counter-productive with a sufficient number of viewers who belong to the “indigenous population” under obvious attack. I suppose I shall have to watch it on the catch-up.

      • Romulus

        I always preface my comments about Britain with humility. I have much space in my heart for the nation that birthed America. I don’t have rose colored glasses in my criticisms of either, but I do think about different outcomes of the revolutionary war.
        As a vet, I love my country with all my heart, but I love our race even MORE.
        It is a dream of mine for true blood/cultural unity of the Germanic,gaelic, and Norse,
        in the tradition of one of my favourite English authors J.R.R.Tolkien.
        Brian Bates is fast becoming an inspiration.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to get this figure below 100,000 in the current Parliament.”

    This is a good start. I hope it will actually end up happening and will be followed by further cuts in immigration. The ideal would be an immigration moratorium in every white nation.

    • IstvanIN

      Britain needs NO immigrants. None. Zero. Zilch. They need emigration of the non-British. And I mean a King Edward I type of emigration.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    This should come as no surprise to anyone. Nobody ever wanted mass 3rd world immigration, especially the working classes. But who cares about the working class? Western governments simply imposed this policy on the electorate without national debate or referendum. In survey after survey, the majority of white people have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the government-sponsored 3rd world colonization of their native countries. But do the elites care? The greater the anger of the people, the more they complain, the higher the immigration! Immigration is the magical solution to every problem, or so the multicultural propagandists would have you believe. This is no longer an immigration policy, but class and demographic warfare against the white population. The government wants to physically exterminate the white race and will not stop until they’re overthrown or crippled by economic catastrophe. They want to dissolve the electorate and replace them with a new one, one that is brown, docile, highly fecund and low IQ.

    • wildfirexx

      The only way they can change the tide of this never ending third world invasion, is to end immigration completely and encourage indigenous people of Britain to produce more offspring. But of course you know the liberated women would never go for this, so it’s left for the Gypsies and the Muslims to over produce.

  • wildfirexx

    Indigenous first peoples of Britain (as well as other European countries) should have the right to protect and preserve their British heritage, distinct cultural and language from those who may wish to change or destroy it.
    They are no less worthy of recognition as a first people with racial identity, than are the aboriginal people of North America, Australia or New Zealand.

  • More discussions..

  • LHathaway

    Meanwhile, 30% of the voters aren’t white?