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The Results

The full results of the survey are ordered below by topic. Choose the relevant section, and then click on the question itself to reveal the results.

Between 7 -11 May ICM Research interviewed 1,576 people aged 18 and over.

The interviews were conducted face-to-face and quotas were used to ensure that at least 500 interviews were conducted with people from white, black and Asian backgrounds.

The large number of people from different ethnic groups used in the poll makes it one of the most robust carried out on the issue of race in recent years.

The data collected was then weighted to bring it into a balance with a national profile of all adults. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3%.

However this margin increases when the answers are based on smaller groups within the total sample. For example when just Asian people are mentioned or when other individual groups are extracted from the total number of people asked.

 


Immigration
Justice
The Police
Politics
Relationships and social attitudes
Television and the media
Work and education


Immigration

Do you think Britain welcomes new immigrants?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 48% 47% 49% 49%
  No 44% 46% 38% 37%
  Don't know 9% 7% 13% 14%

Do you think that immigrants integrate and make a positive contribution to Britain?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 26% 23% 49% 55%
  No 54% 59% 29% 25%
  Don't know 20% 18% 22% 20%

Do you think that immigrant communities find it easy or difficult to integrate and become a part of Britain?

    Total White Black Asian
  Easy 20% 19% 20% 23%
  Difficult 61% 63% 59% 59%
  Don't know 19% 18% 20% 19%

Do you think that immigrant communities do as much as they can to integrate in Britain?

    Total White Black Asian
  Do as much as they can 9% 8% 19% 22%
  Could do more 52% 51% 51% 51%
  Do not try 29% 33% 13% 10%
  Don't know 10% 8% 17% 17%

Do you think that immigration has benefited or damaged British society over the past 50 years?

    Total White Black Asian
  Benefited 30% 28% 43% 50%
  Damaged 44% 47% 22% 22%
  Don't know 26% 25% 35% 29%


Justice

Have you ever been made to feel a criminal because of the colour of your skin?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 7% 5% 34% 30%
  No 92% 93% 63% 67%
  Don't Know 2% 2% 2% 2%

How many times have you ever been stopped and searched?

    Total White Black Asian
  Never 82% 85% 78% 81%
  1-2 10% 9% 13% 12%
  3-4 4% 3% 4% 3%
  5-6 2% 1% 1% 1%
  7-8 - - 1 1%
  9-10 - - 1% 1%
  11-15 1% - - -
  16+ 1% 1% 2% 2%

Do you think the courts, including lawyers, magistrates and judges treat people from ethnic minorities fairly?

    Total White Black Asian
  Fairly 58% 60% 43% 50%
  Unfairly 18% 16% 29% 26%
  Don't Know 25% 24% 27% 24%

Do you think the evidence of a black or Asian suspect is more likely or less likely to be believed by police compared to a white suspect?

    Total White Black Asian
  More likely 7% 6% 6% 7%
  Believed equally 45% 46% 31% 37%
  Less likely 31% 29% 45% 37%
  Don't Know 17% 18% 19% 19%

If you were in court do you think you would get a fair trail?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 77% 79% 53% 61%
  No 11% 10% 20% 18%
  Don't Know 12% 11% 27% 22%

If you found yourself on trial, would you be concerned about the racial make-up of the jury?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 25% 25% 49% 46%
  No 65% 66% 35% 39%
  Don't Know 9% 9% 16% 15%


The Police

Do you think that the police in Britain discriminate on grounds of race?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 37% 34% 55% 47%
  No 45% 47% 31% 36%
  Don't Know 19% 19% 14% 16%

Do you think enough is being done to combat black-on-black crime?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 21% 20% 24% 28%
  No 49% 51% 47% 48%
  Don't Know 30% 29% 29% 25%

How well do the police do their job?

    Total White Black Asian
  Net good 82% 83% 74% 71%
  Very good job 20% 21% 16% 16%
  Quite good job 62% 63% 57% 55%
  Quite bad job 11% 11% 14% 14%
  Very bad job 3% 2% 5% 4%
  Net bad 14% 13% 19% 18%
  Don't Know 4% 4% 7% 11%

Do you think the impact of the murder of Stephen Lawrence has helped to combat alleged racism in the police?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 38% 39% 39% 36%
  No 37% 36% 38% 36%
  Don't Know 25% 25% 24% 29%

When it comes to being treated fairly under the law, which do you think most applies?

    Total White Black Asian
  All people are treated equally 36% 36% 31% 38%
  Ethnic minorities are more likely to be mistreated 28% 25% 51% 46%
  Ethnic minorities are more likely to be treated favourably 18% 21% 5% 3%
  Don't Know 18% 18% 14% 13%

Do you think the police treat people from ethnic minorities fairly or unfairly?

    Total White Black Asian
  Fairly 52% 54% 39% 47%
  Unfairly 21% 19% 37% 32%
  Don't Know 27% 27% 25% 21%

Do you want to see more black and Asian police?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 59% 58% 84% 82%
  No 22% 25% 7% 8%
  Don't Know 19% 18% 9% 10%


Politics

Has the current Labour government done enough to deal with the problem of racism?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 28% 29% 30% 33%
  No 50% 50% 47% 44%
  Don't Know 22% 21% 24% 23%

Do you think Labour has improved or harmed race relations in Britain?

    Total White Black Asian
  Improved 35% 36% 42% 43%
  Harmed 24% 26% 20% 20%
  Don't Know 40% 39% 38% 38%

Do you think that a party like the BNP should be allowed the same freedom of speech as other political parties?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 54% 55% 36% 34%
  No 27% 27% 39% 36%
  Don't Know 19% 18% 25% 29%

Which of the following would you favour?
a) A total ban on the BNP
b) A ban only on BNP political broadcasts
c) A ban on broadcast, rallies and advertising
d) Donít know


    Total White Black Asian
  A total ban on the BNP 55% 57% 55% 62%
  A ban only on BNP party political broadcasts 13% 13% 10% 11%
  A ban on BNP broadcasts, rallies and advertising 23% 21% 24% 18%
  Don't Know 12% 11% 13% 17%

Do you think that any success that the BNP has had in the local elections will improve or harm race relations?

    Total White Black Asian
  Improve race realtions 8% 8% 5% 8%
  No difference 31% 31% 28% 25%
  Harm race relations 40% 40% 44% 41%
  Don't Know 22% 21% 23% 26%

Do you think that Britain has enough non-white MPs in Westminster?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 32% 36% 17% 19%
  No 39% 36% 58% 57%
  Don't Know 29% 28% 25% 25%

Do you think that there should be positive action to increase the number of non-white people in Parliament?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 38% 36% 53% 62%
  No 39% 42% 20% 16%
  Don't Know 23% 23% 27% 22%


Relationships and social attitudes

Do you think women from ethnic backgrounds face more discrimination in Britain compared to men?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 37% 38% 40% 45%
  No 45% 43% 47% 42%
  Don't Know 18% 19% 13% 13%

Have you ever come across racism (either personally or witnessed) in any of the following environments?

    Total White Black Asian
  Employment 22% 20% 40% 34%
  Shopping and other services 13% 11% 27% 22%
  Education 12% 9% 24% 22%
  Police and criminal justice 10% 8% 18% 15%
  Government and local councils 6% 5% 10% 11%
  NHS 5% 5% 9% 9%
  Banking 2% 1% 11% 8%
  None of these 57% 62% 32% 35%
  Don't know 6% 5% 7% 8%

Which of the following do you think will ever be held by someone from a black or Asian background?

    Total White Black Asian
  Labour Party leader 46% 46% 30% 36%
  Commissioner of the Metropolitan police 42% 41% 35% 39%
  Editor of a national newspaper 40% 39% 32% 35%
  BBC Director General 33% 31% 26% 23%
  Prime Minister 29% 28% 23% 23%
  Archbishop of Canterbury 25% 26% 16% 12%
  Lord Chancellor 22% 20% 14% 16%
  Conservative Party leader 21% 19% 16% 16%
  Don't know 24% 24% 30% 27%

In your opinion, do you think Britain is a racist society?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 51% 52% 53% 41%
  No 40% 41% 37% 45%
  Don't Know 9% 8% 10% 14%

Do you think Britain is a more tolerant place than it was 10 years ago?

    Total White Black Asian
  More tolerant 55% 54% 57% 52%
  Less tolerant 34% 37% 25% 26%
  Don't Know 11% 10% 18% 22%

Do you think you have to be white to be British?

    Total White Black Asian
  Agree 20% 22% 15% 14%
  Disagree 74% 72% 79% 78%
  Don't Know 6% 7% 6% 8%

Have you personally experienced verbal or racial abuse?

Verbal racial abuse
    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 21% 17% 60% 59%
  No 78% 82% 38% 40%
  Don't Know 1% 1% 1% 1%
Physical racial abuse
    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 6% 5% 18% 20%
  No 91% 93% 80% 77%
  Don't Know 2% 2% 2% 3%

Have you done or said anything that others could consider racist?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes (net) 36% 35% 26% 27%
  Yes - intentionally 10% 9% 12% 9%
  Yes - unintentionally 27% 27% 15% 18%
  No 62% 63% 71% 69%
  Don't know 2% 2% 3% 4%

Which of these things is the most pressing problem facing Britain?

    Total White Black Asian
  Equal rights for the elderly 17% 20% 8% 7%
  Equal rights for the disabled 13% 14% 7% 6%
  Equal rights for ethnic minorities 10% 8% 21% 26%
  Equal rights for women 10% 11% 12% 8%
  All are of equal priority 41% 41% 46% 43%
  None of them 5% 5% 4% 5%
  Don't know 7% 6% 7% 8%

Do you think that curry qualifies as one of Britainís national dishes?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 50% 48% 45% 60%
  No 40% 42% 35% 26%
  Don't Know 10% 10% 20% 14%

Does your circle of friends include people from different ethnic backgrounds?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 53% 49% 87% 82%
  No 46% 50% 11% 16%
  Don't Know 1% 1% 1% 2%

Would marry or have a relationship with someone of a different race?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 50% 46% 71% 46%
  No 37% 41% 20% 42%
  Don't Know 13% 14% 10% 12%

How would you describe your feelings if your child were to marry someone of a different race?

    Total White Black Asian
  I would not mind, the most important thing is that they love each other 46% 41% 59% 44%
  I'd support them but see possible problems - especially if they have children 23% 23% 19% 13%
  I'd have deep reservations but would not oppose the marriage 15% 18% 10% 11%
  I'd oppose the marriage because different races don't mix 7% 7% 4% 13%
  I'd think they are turning against their own people and betraying their culture/identity 3% 2% 1% 9%
  None of these 4% 4% 3% 2%
  Don't know 5% 5% 7% 7%

How much tolerance is there in Britain for mixed race marriages?

    Total White Black Asian
  A lot 31% 31% 30% 22%
  A little 57% 58% 60% 58%
  None at all 7% 6% 5% 13%
  Don't Know 4% 5% 5% 7%

Would you be happy if people from another race moved in next door?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 70% 67% 89% 84%
  No 21% 23% 7% 11%
  Don't know 10% 10% 4% 5%

Do you think white people avoid living in non-white areas?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 73% 74% 64% 63%
  No 16% 14% 22% 17%
  Don't know 12% 12% 14% 20%


Work and education

Have you faced racial or religious discrimination at school, college or university?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes - racial 4% 1% 30% 32%
  Yes - religious 4% 3% 3% 8%
  No 92% 95% 66% 64%
  Don't know 1% 1% 2% 2%

Have you faced racial or religious discrimination at work?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes - racial 5% 3% 34% 29%
  Yes - religious 2% 1% 2% 6%
  No 93% 96% 61% 65%
  Don't know 2% 1% 3% 3%

Do you think the colour of someone skin makes a difference in the way they are treated at school, college or university?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 30% 28% 48% 42%
  No 61% 64% 41% 50%
  Don't know 9% 9% 10% 9%

Do you think the colour of a persons skin makes a difference in the way they are treated at work?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 37% 35% 53% 47%
  No 51% 53% 38% 43%
  Don't know 12% 12% 9% 10%

Have you ever thought you lost the chance of a job due to racial discrimination?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 8% 6% 33% 32%
  No 89% 91% 60% 58%
  Don't know 4% 3% 7% 10%

Do you think other people mind working with someone of a different race?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 23% 21% 31% 30%
  No 66% 68% 53% 55%
  Don't know 11% 11% 15% 15%

Do you think other people mind working for someone of a different race?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 33% 32% 36% 37%
  No 55% 54% 48% 49%
  Don't know 13% 14% 16% 14%

Do you think ethnic minorities are given extra advantages when it comes to hiring them for jobs?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 27% 28% 14% 13%
  No 56% 54% 73% 73%
  Don't know 18% 18% 13% 14%

Do you consider yourself to be successful at work?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 70% 73% 65% 75%
  No 14% 12% 18% 13%
  Don't know 16% 15% 16% 13%

Do you think anyone not familiar with the British way of life and living full-time in the UK should have to learn English and attend citizenship classes?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 78% 81% 75% 68%
  No 12% 10% 14% 23%
  Don't know 10% 9% 11% 9%


Television and the media

Do you think there are enough people from ethnic minorities on the TV?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 67% 69% 48% 42%
  No 23% 22% 44% 51%
  Don't know 9% 9% 7% 7%

Do you think it is harder for people of ethnic minorities to get jobs in the media than it is for white people?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 33% 32% 54% 57%
  No 46% 47% 29% 24%
  Don't know 21% 21% 17% 19%

Do soaps and dramas accurately reflect the lives of ethnic minorities?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 37% 37% 28% 35%
  No 33% 31% 57% 51%
  Don't know 30% 32% 15% 15%

Does the news reflect issues affecting ethnic minorities?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 66% 67% 56% 55%
  No 19% 18% 32% 33%
  Don't know 15% 15% 12% 12%

Are ethnic minorities better represented on TV than they were 10 years ago?

    Total White Black Asian
  Yes 78% 80% 73% 67%
  No 8% 7% 12% 16%
  Don't know 13% 12% 15% 17%

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