ITV News Index Immigration
Public poll for ITV News about immigration.

 

COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL: MAJORITY OF BRITONS BELIEVE IMMIGRATION HAS NEGATIVE IMPACT ON NHS BUT HALF SAY IT HAS NO IMPACT ON THEM PERSONALLY

 

As the final set of quarterly ONS figures before the General Election show that net migration to the UK has risen to 298,000 - 54,000 higher than it was when David Cameron came to power in 2010 - the latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that more than half (55%) of all adult Brits think immigration has a negative impact on the NHS, while two in five (40%) say immigration has a negative impact on the economy.

However, Brits also believe that immigration has no impact on themselves personally (51%) or on their ability to find a job (44%).

Ahead of their conference in Margate this weekend, UKIP remain by far the most trusted party to control the issue of immigration (36%).

The public appears to be split on whether immigration has a good or bad impact on culture and society in Britain (38% good / 42% bad).

The same proportion think that immigration has had a bad impact on their local community as those who say it has had no impact at all (both 34%).

On the sporting front, two in five members of the British public (39%) think that immigration makes a positive impact upon British sport.

DETAILED FINDINGS:

  1. Overall, would you say that immigration is good or bad, or does it have no impact on each of the following?
Statement Good No impact Bad Don’t know
British sport 39% 27% 14% 20%
Culture and society in Britain 38% 8% 42% 12%
Britain’s economy 36% 8% 40% 16%
The NHS 26% 7% 55% 12%
My local community 19% 34% 34% 12%
Me personally 17% 51% 24% 9%
My ability to find a job 8% 44% 35% 13%

Base: GB adults (n=2,059).

Q: Which party do you trust most to control immigration?

Statement Lab Con Lib Dem UKIP Don’t know
Control Immigration 14% 19% 4% 36% 27%

Base: All GB adults (n=2,059).

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Date Published
26th February 2015
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Client
ITV News
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 2,059 British adults online between 20th–22nd February 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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