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Non-partisan think-tank British Future commissioned ICM Unlimited to conduct a nationally representative poll that covered, among other things, trust in politicians on the issue of immigration, attitudes towards Theresa May’s record on managing immigration, views on the UK Government’s immigration policy, and preferences for future immigration policy.

The findings of the research are drawn upon in British Future’s Immigration After May: What should the new Prime Minister change? report and in the accompanying press release on British Future’s website.

The findings of the research and report were covered widely in the British media, including in the following articles:

New prime minister urged to scrap Theresa May’s controversial migration target in ‘clean break’ from toxic policies‘, The Independent

What Tories can learn from Theresa May’s mistakes on immigration‘, The Spectator

Leadership rivals trusted less than Theresa May over immigration‘, The Times

Boris Johnson And Jeremy Hunt Not Trusted on Immigration, Reveals Report‘, HuffPost

No major UK politician trusted by public on immigration, poll shows‘, The Daily Telegraph

Seven in ten Tory voters want new PM to replace Theresa May’s migration target‘, The Daily Telegraph

A new era of UK immigration policy beckons after Theresa May steps down‘, Financial Times

Some of the key findings include:

  • Only one in five British adults (18+) agree that ‘Theresa May did a good job managing immigration as Prime Minister and Home Secretary’ (18%)
  • Just over one in ten agree that ‘On the whole, I feel that the Government has managed immigration into the UK competently and fairly’ (13%)
  • Three in five agree that ‘The Government should replace the net migration target with separate targets for different types of immigration, like skilled workers and low-skilled workers (60%)

The survey was commissioned by British Future and conducted by ICM Unlimited. ICM interviewed a sample of 2,016 GB adults aged 18+ online using its omnibus service between 31 May and 3 June 2019. The results have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults aged 18+.

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