The last six months
Over the last 6 months, More in Common has held focus groups across the country and conducted several rounds of polling to better understand Britons’ attitudes to refugees. The following briefing is intended to help take stock of how public attitudes have evolved over time in the context of a fast-moving news cycle and numerous international crises. We hope this briefing will provide useful insights to policy makers, the media and our partners in civil society about public opinion.
Our key findings are:
Our research shows that when it comes to immigration simply proposing ever more punitive measures won’t hold the Tory coalition together. While the Rwanda plan might resonate with some parts of the Tory base it is toxic to others. Instead, a policy that could reach across both blue and red walls needs to balance tough action against people smugglers and detering small boats with compassion and humane treatment for those fleeing persecution.