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Almost a third of Britons are 'racially prejudiced,' survey suggests

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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Almost a third of people in Britain describe themselves as being racially prejudiced, according to new research.

The British Attitudes Survey, published annually by the National Centre of Social Research (NatCen), have revealed the "troubling" findings after polling 2,000 people.

Some 30% of the respondents described themselves as either "very" or "a little" race prejudiced. The figures showed that 3 per cent said they were 'very' prejudiced against other races and 27 per cent said they were 'a little' prejudiced.

Wide variations in racial prejudice were found across the country. While 16% of people in inner London admitted to prejudice, in the West Midlands the figure was 35%.

Levels of racial prejudice increased with the age of the respondents, at 25% for 17 to 34 year olds compared with 36% for over 55s.

Education also had an impact, with 38% of respondents with no qualifications reporting racial prejudice compared to 19% of those with a degree.

Co-director of the survey Alison Park, said: "Racial prejudice, in whatever guise, is undoubtedly still part of the national psyche."

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  • Justica  |  May 29 2014, 1:09PM

    Diane Abbott has 'put her foot in it' many times with her VERY racist remarks and she was subsequently returned to the back benches. She is also a hypocrite who slammed private education for producing 'posh boys', then later proceeded to send her own son to a private school.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 29 2014, 10:26AM

    Diane Abbott and her ilk would probably most of us racists so... who cares?

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  • Lecorche  |  May 28 2014, 7:44PM

    Well said,Justica. Stoning a girl to death or hanging a woman for becoming a christian is not the way for this country,or any other,to go. If that's racist then so am I.

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  • Justica  |  May 28 2014, 7:01PM

    What if you don't give a jot for colour but are against suppression of women, FGM, forced marriage and the like and want to retain British law and not switch to Sharia law, does that mean you are racist ? I believe most of us are accepting of other people, but don't want anyone bringing their 7th century culture here to replace ours.

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