How should Labour deal with immigration?

How should Labour deal with immigration?

In yesterday’s YouGov poll for The Times, focused mainly on the Labour Party, voters were asked – amongst many other things – what they thought Labour’s immigration policy should look like.  They were given five options: much stricter, a little stricter, about the same as the current rules, a little less strict, or much less strict.  As a quick round-up before things get underway at Labour conference, here are 5 short conclusions from our analysis:

1.       58% of voters want Labour’s immigration policy to be stricter than current government policy.  37% of voters, in fact, said they thought the party should advocate much stricter immigration rules.  15% of voters said Labour should keep current immigration rules as their party policy, and 7% of voters thought that Labour should go about advocating a less strict approach to immigration.

2.       In no category of voter – age, region, gender, voting intention, or previous vote – do more people prefer a less strict immigration policy over a stricter one.

3.       Here are the numbers for Labour 2015 voters:

Stricter

49%

Same

25%

Less strict

12%

4.       And the numbers for 18-24 year-olds, who are perhaps surprisingly in favour of the Labour party having a position which is stricter on immigration:

Stricter

34%

Same

20%

Less strict

14%

5.       There seems to be a divide among ABC1 and C2DE voters on the issue.  While both socioeconomic groups seem to be relatively agreed that Labour should not advocate a less strict immigration policy (6% of C2DEs want Labour’s position to be less strict, compared with 10% of ABC1s), the groups differ on whether the party position should be in line with current rules or made stricter.  63% of C2DEs wanted the party to back a policy to tighten immigration rules, with 9% wanting current government policy to also be Labour’s policy.  Only 55%, though, of ABC1s thought that Labour should go about making their policy stricter; 19% thought Labour’s position should be to keep current government immigration rules.

Labour's Leavers

Labour's Leavers

Voter Migrations Since the Election

Voter Migrations Since the Election