British Future commissioned Voxter to explore the public’s views on migration, specifically the status of existing EU migrants in Britain and Britons living in the EU. Our research was used in a recent open letter published in the Financial Times, and Daily Mail.
We would like to share some of the results:
We ran a Voxter online forum on 30/31 March with 1018 Nat Rep UK participants. Our platform involves sharing ideas and opinions anonymously, rating each other’s views and answering traditional survey questions.
We are now analysing the results but we already have some interesting preliminary findings about the public’s views on migration and a possible Brexit.
Insight 1: People think that the government should be clear about this:
Do you think the government should clarify, BEFORE the referendum is held, what would happen to current EU migrants in Britain and Britons living in the EU if Britain votes to Leave?
Insight 2: A large portion of the population thinks they should be treated according to the current arrangements if Britain were to leave the EU
If Britain votes to Leave, current EU migrants in Britain and Britons living in the EU should be allowed to stay, and new immigration rules would apply only to new immigrants
Insight 3: A majority do not trust any of the information put forwards by both campaigns. This is even worse for the undecided with over 70% of them not trusting anything they see.
Voxter allows us also to follow how people's opinions change through the course of discussing the EU and the future of the UK. Once again we find:
Insight 4: Discussing a possible post-Brexit Britain makes people change away from voting to Remain.
The thicker lines signify larger groups of people changing opinion. The two thick purple lines show a swing away from Remain over the course of our survey.