The latest edition of my weekly political polling round-up, The Week in Polls, is out.
As it says:
Long-term readers will be familiar with the picture painted by previous polling reported in The Week in Polls:
- There is a long-term trend towards more liberal attitudes in Britain, including on immigration;
- People’s views on immigration depend a lot on the question: they’ll say levels overall are too high but then also be against cuts in nearly every category they’re asked about;
- Immigration, even when added to asylum seekers, is relatively low down the public’s list of priorities;
- The public views the Conservatives as performing poorly on immigration and asylum; and
- All the above adds up to it looking very implausible that a ‘tough’1 line on immigration will rescue their political fortunes.
But is this still true? Has the sustained push by the government to put immigration in the headlines and make it a dividing line with Labour, not to mention the big increase in immigration numbers, changed the picture?
Find out more by reading this edition of The Week in Polls here, and you can sign up below to receive future editions direct to your email inbox: