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Immigration and the EU Referendum

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Immigration is one of the key issues which will affect how people vote in the upcoming EU referendum, along with the effect on the economy and Britain’s sovereignty, a new Ipsos MORI study published today finds.

The survey of c.4,000 British adults is the latest in a unique longitudinal study which looks to track how individuals’ views on immigration change over time.

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Immigration and the EU Referendum

  1. 1. 1 Immigration and the EU Referendum 10.05.2016
  2. 2. 2 Over half believe the Govt. should have total control over immigration even it means coming out of the EU Which of the following statements do you most agree with? Don't know It is beneficial for Britain to remain in the EU, even if this means the Government does not have total control over the number of people who come into Britain The Government should have total control over who comes into Britain, even if this means coming out of the EU to achieve it 55% 33% 12% Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  3. 3. 3 Opinion is more divided on whether we should accept free movement of peoples in return for access to the EU single market Don't know Britain should continue to allow European Union citizens to come and live and work in Britain in return for access to the EU single market Britain should stop European Union citizens coming to live and work in Britain with new immigration rules even if that restricted Britain's access to the EU single market And now thinking if Britain votes to leave the European Union on 23 June which of the following statements comes closest to your view? 39% 42% 19% Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  4. 4. 4 EU immigration will be one of the key issues that decides how people will vote in the EU referendum Looking ahead to the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union on 23 June, which, if any, issues do you think will be very important to you in helping you decide which way to vote? 57% 48% 50% 40% 46% 37% 26% 47% 36% 26% 24% 17% 25% 32% 46% 42% The impact on Britain's economy The number of immigrants coming into Britain Britain's ability to make it's own laws Britain's ability to trade with countries in the European Union The impact on British jobs The impact on the rights of British workers The ability to travel in the European Union The cost of EU immigration on Britain's welfare system Britain's relationship with other countries Britain's status in the world The ability of British citizens to live and work in other European Union countries The impact on funding for British universities and scientists The impact on me personally Regulations by the European Union on British businesses The impact on British national security The number of refugees coming to Britain to claim asylum Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  5. 5. 5 For others, Immigration is seen as important as the economy And which of these issues, if any, do you think will be the most important for the British public overall on how they will vote in the EU referendum on 23 June? 24% 24% 9% 2% 4% 1% 1% 8% 2% 1% 1% * 2% 1% 3% 5% 1% 1% 10% The impact on Britain's economy The number of immigrants coming into Britain Britain's ability to make it's own laws Britain's ability to trade with countries in the European Union The impact on British jobs The impact on the rights of British workers The ability to travel in the European Union The cost of EU immigration on Britain's welfare system Britain's relationship with other countries Britain's status in the world The ability of British citizens to live and work in other European Union countries The impact on funding for British universities and scientists The impact on me personally Regulations by the European Union on British businesses The impact on British national security The number of refugees coming to Britain to claim asylum Other None of the above Don't know Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  6. 6. 6 Two-thirds think that number of EU immigrants will decrease if Britain leaves the EU Please tell me whether you think that the number of EU immigrants coming into the UK would increase, decrease or stay the same over the next five years if Britain were to leave the EU? Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016 8% 6% 4% 7% 30% 20% 46% 28% 36% 36% 36% 43% 18% 27% 8% 15% 5% 7% 3% 5% 4% 4% 3% 3% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% GB Total Remain voters Leave voters May change mind Increase a lot Increase a little Stay about the same Decrease a little Decrease a lot Don't know
  7. 7. 7 But no clear agreement on whether net migration targets will be met if Britain leaves EU If Britain leaves the EU, net migration (the number of people coming into Britain minus the number of migrants leaving Britain) can be reduced to the government’s target of ‘tens of thousands’ per year by 2020 Base: 2,001 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016 13% 12% 8% 10% 7% 12% 2% 2% 15% 25% 6% 14% 22% 25% 16% 21% 30% 12% 40% 42% 14% 3% 29% 10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% GB Total Remain voters Leave voters May change mind Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know
  8. 8. 8 Brexit voters more stable than remain voters even when it Would you still vote to remain in/leave the European Union, or not? 46% 57% 72% 82% 10% 8% 5% 3% 44% 35% 23% 14% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% +100,000 +50,000 +10,000 Current level of 260,000 Still vote remain Switch to leave Unsure 70% 77% 84% 91% 6% 4% 3% 1% 24% 19% 13% 8% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% -100,000 -50,000 -10,000 Current level of 260,000 Still vote to leave Switch to remain Unsure comes to more favourable immigration numbers Base: 1,808 remain voters Base: 1,651 leave voters Remain voters Leave voters IncreaseinEUimmigration DecreaseinEUimmigration Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  9. 9. 9 There has been a move in the number of people saying we are getting the conversation on immigration right, but we’re still polarised on the issue Generally speaking, do you think that the issue of immigration has been discussed in Britain too much, too little or about the right amount over the last few months? 11% 20% 62% 7% 27% 28% 37% 8% 25% 31% 36% 8% It has been discussed too much It has been discussed about the right amount It has been discussed too little Don't know 2011 2015 2016 Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  10. 10. 10 The majority think that even if Britain stays in the EU, we should campaign for tighter immigration controls Don't know Britain should accept the current rights of European Union citizens to come and live and work in Britain Britain should continue to campaign for greater controls on European Union citizens coming to live and work in Britain 68% 24% 9% If Britain votes to remain in the EU on 23 June, which of the following statements comes closest to your view? Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  11. 11. 11 There is still majority support for reducing immigration levels Do you think that the number of immigrants to Britain nowadays should be increased a lot, increased a little, remain the same as it is, reduced a little or reduced a lot? 5% 6% 23% 22% 40% 4% 2015 Increased a lot Increased a little Remain the same Reduced a little Reduced a lot Don't know 3% 6% 24% 20% 42% 5% 2016 Increased a lot Increased a little Remain the same Reduced a little Reduced a lot Don't know Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  12. 12. 12 And six in ten people remain dissatisfied with government on how it is dealing with immigration Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way the current government is dealing with immigration? 2% 10% 25% 32% 28% 3% 2015 Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Fairly dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Don't know 1% 8% 25% 28% 34% 4% 2016 Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Fairly dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Don't know Base: 4,002 British adults, aged 18+, surveyed online between 14-25 April 2016
  13. 13. www.ipsos-mori.com 13 Bobby Duffy Managing Director, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute bobby.duffy@ipsos.com For more information Kully Kaur-Ballagan Research Director kully.kaur-ballagan@ipsos.com Glenn Gottfried Research Manager glenn.gottfried@ipsos.com

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