7 Key Findings

  1. The Brexit process is decaying public trust in the political system, and there is growing animosity between those who feel most strongly about Brexit.
  2. Being a ‘leaver’ or a ‘remainer’ has become part of identity politics for many, one to which people feel an emotional bond and a frame through which we process information and make political choices. But there remains a large section of the population who are more ambivalent about leaving the EU.
  3. There are significant divisions in our core identities and how we see ourselves and interpret the world around us, with a growing ‘culture war’ between those who celebrate diversity and those who perceive growing diversity as a challenge to their own position in the world.
  4. Our relationship with traditional political parties is breaking, and the two party system in Britain is fracturing. Our polling and modelling suggests that no party could win a majority as it stands, and we may be looking at months, if not years, of political deadlock.
  5. The public continue to see Muslims as distinctly different – and overwhelmingly more negatively – than any other group. Anti-Muslim prejudice is concentrated among those who see immigration and multiculturalism most negatively, but is also present amongst people who generally have otherwise liberal and tolerant attitudes.
  6. The British public now consider the far right the greatest threat to public order, above Islamist extremism. Although far right narratives have become increasingly mainstream, violence on the far right is a red line for most people, limiting their appeal
  7. The importance placed on tackling climate change by the public has rapidly jumped, following high profile campaigns, and the vast majority of people say that they are willing to make sacrifices in their own lifestyles to stop global warming

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Fear and HOPE 2019 is the latest in our on-going analysis of British society and the attitudes of its citizens.

DISCLAIMER: This report was funded and published by the HOPE not hate Charitable Trust.
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