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."