Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:29

MAJOR POLL: SCOTLAND MOST PRO-MIGRATION COUNTRY IN UK

BACKING FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT UNDERLINES CASE FOR SINGLE MARKET AND DEVOLUTION OF MIGRATION

A major study of public opinion has found that Scotland is the most pro-migration country in the UK.

The poll, conducted by Survation for Channel 4, found that Scots believed migration had a positive impact by a factor of three to two – with 44% agreeing and only 30% disagreeing.

Only people in London were more supportive of migration, with a majority of English regions viewing migration as having a negative impact.

The poll also found that Scots are overwhelmingly supportive of continuing freedom of movement in order to secure a deal with the EU – with 67% agreeing and only 16% opposed.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“This major study shows that people in Scotland welcome the contribution made by migrants and support continued freedom of movement across Europe.

“As the SNP has consistently said, the best deal short of EU membership is to remain in the single market.

“People in Scotland overwhelmingly agree in keeping freedom of movement to get a deal – and so single market membership must remain on the table.

“With the Tory hostile environment approach so out of touch with Scottish attitudes, the case for devolving migration powers is growing even stronger.”

ENDS

Notes:

Full data tables are available here:
https://www.survation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Final-Tables-Renegade.xlsx
 
Overall, do you believe immigration has had a positive or negative impact on Britain?

  Region                      
  East East Midlands London North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and the Humber
Unweighted total 1767 1375 1911 891 2171 555 1734 2528 1681 1177 1774 1603
Weighted total 1783 1383 2509 784 2110 529 1622 2625 1639 923 1676 1584
Strongly positive 182 139 521 83 243 54 257 319 192 114 214 144
  10.23% 10.06% 20.75% 10.59% 11.52% 10.13% 15.86% 12.15% 11.69% 12.39% 12.76% 9.08%
Somewhat positive 465 395 805 182 540 130 464 789 475 216 456 433
  26.08% 28.57% 32.1% 23.16% 25.59% 24.58% 28.63% 30.04% 29.02% 23.43% 27.23% 27.33%
Neither positive nor negative 345 266 435 169 406 102 352 466 315 199 367 309
  19.32% 19.21% 17.32% 21.58% 19.24% 19.21% 21.69% 17.76% 19.24% 21.58% 21.89% 19.49%
Somewhat negative 429 320 412 181 484 126 298 624 385 203 325 399
  24.05% 23.16% 16.44% 23.14% 22.93% 23.78% 18.39% 23.79% 23.51% 21.96% 19.38% 25.21%
Strongly negative 298 218 275 133 366 89 188 358 234 147 270 245
  16.69% 15.78% 10.94% 16.97% 17.33% 16.74% 11.62% 13.65% 14.27% 15.92% 16.13% 15.47%
Dont know 65 44 62 36 71 29 62 68 37 43 44 54
  3.62% 3.21% 2.45% 4.56% 3.39% 5.56% 3.82% 2.61% 2.28% 4.71% 2.62% 3.42%
                         
                         
Total positive 36.31 38.63 52.85 33.75 37.11 34.71 44.49 42.19 40.71 35.82 39.99 36.41
Total negative 40.74 38.94 27.38 40.11 40.26 40.52 30.01 37.44 37.78 37.88 35.51 40.68

 
What if the only way the UK could reach a deal with the EU would be to agree to one or more of the following provisions: After Brexit, UK and EU citizens who wished to do so, could live and work in each other’s countries

  Region
  East East Midlands London North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and the Humber
Unweighted total 1767 1375 1911 891 2171 555 1734 2528 1681 1177 1774 1603
Weighted total 1783 1383 2509 784 2110 529 1622 2625 1639 923 1676 1584
Should agree 1040 834 1677 482 1330 300 1079 1715 1073 550 1050 983
  58.34% 60.27% 66.85% 61.52% 63.03% 56.76% 66.57% 65.33% 65.47% 59.64% 62.66% 62.03%
Should not agree 415 296 478 161 433 107 266 508 317 208 334 335
  23.28% 21.4% 19.06% 20.54% 20.53% 20.27% 16.4% 19.37% 19.32% 22.59% 19.96% 21.17%
Dont know 328 254 353 141 347 122 276 402 249 164 291 266
  18.38% 18.32% 14.09% 17.93% 16.43% 22.97% 17.02% 15.3% 15.21% 17.77% 17.38% 16.8%

 
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