St Paul’s Institute – Brexit poll of Londoners – February 2019

• Younger age groups in London (18-24) tend to socialise with a more diverse group of people than their older counterparts, for example: seven in ten Londoners aged 18-24 say they socialise with those with a different ethnic background from them (71%), compared to their older counterparts (45-54 (57%), 55-64 (53%), 65+ (55%).

• Londoners hold a relatively negative view of what working will look like post-Brexit, for example: two in five Londoners say they think Brexit will make it harder than it is today to get a job (41%), while one quarter say Brexit will make it easier (25%) and one third say they don’t know (33%).

• Age is a polarising factor when it comes to views on controlling immigration: Half of those aged 55-64 and 65+ (50% for both) say it is more important to control immigration from EU countries in order to protect the strain on this country’s resources, such as the NHS and housing, compared with only one quarter of 18-24s in London who say the same (25%).

• Approaching two in five Londoners (37%) agree the Government should use public (taxpayers’) money to increase funding for English language classes for both new immigrants and for people already living in Britain, whilst a similar proportion (33%) say they disagree.

• Three quarters (74%) of Londoners agree it seems easier for extremely rich foreign nationals to get permission to live in the UK than it is for ordinary people from other countries trying to make a living for themselves and their families, while only 4% disagree.

• Londoners are generally in support of schemes such as; all new immigrants being required either to speak English or agree to enrol on a compulsory English course, as a condition of entry (73%) and that it should be made a compulsory requirement for all state schools to teach pupils at least one language other than English to a competent level (72%).

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Date Published
12/09/2019
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ComRes surveyed 1,023 London adults online between 23rd and 27th January 2019. Data were weighted to be representative of all London adults aged 18+, data has also been weighted to reflect the EU Referendum 2016 result in London. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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