BBC Wales – St. David’s Day Poll (4)

Posted by Gregor Jackson on the 14th March, 2019

ICM Unlimited were commissioned by BBC Wales to carry out the annual St. David’s Day Poll among the general public in Wales.

This poll has been covered on the BBC News website here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47538946

Below is a summary of the key findings of the question on perceptions of racial prejudice in Wales and perceptions of the impact of migrants.

Key findings

  • As many as two in five Welsh residents think that there is generally more racial prejudice in Wales now compared to five years ago (40%), while only under one in six think that there is less now (16%) and just under two in five think that the level of racial prejudice is about the same (37%). This means that people living in Wales are more than twice as likely to think that, compared to five years ago, there is now more racial prejudice in the country rather than less – with a similar magnitude of difference when looking to whether racial prejudice will increase or decrease in the next five years. In their assessment of the outlook over the next five years, under one in five thinking that the amount of racial prejudice in Wales will decrease (18%) with around three in ten thinking it will increase (31%)
  • Three in five adults in Wales agree that ‘migrants from other countries have a positive impact on Britain’s economy’ (60%), while a similar proportion agree that ‘Britain’s cultural life is generally enriched by migrants coming to live here from other countries’ (56%)

ICM Unlimited interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ by telephone between 7-23 February 2019. Interviews were conducted across Wales and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults in Wales. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Please click the button below to download the report, we do have an archive of previous polls here.
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