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New report shows knowing immigrants lowers vote for BNP

Published Tue 20 Apr 2010
Issue No. 2198

“Living alongside migrants makes people less attracted to the BNP,” concludes a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.

It explains that “areas with larger numbers of non-white people are less likely to vote for the BNP”. The more familiar people are with immigrants the more misconceptions and racist prejudice are broken down.

The research looked at votes for the fascist party in the 2009 European elections across 149 local authorities. This was compared to levels of immigration and a range of other economic, social and political factors.

It found that it is not the poorest people that tend to vote BNP but the “lower middle class” who are most affected by “changing labour market conditions”.

Lower voter turnout boosts the BNP. Where disillusionment with the main parties is deepest, the BNP may be able to present itself as an alternative.

The report ends by saying that mainstream politicians trying to be tough on immigration will not undermine the BNP.

Exploring the Roots of BNP Support can be downloaded from

» www.ippr.org/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=743


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Tue 20 Apr 2010, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2198
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