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15 January 2017

YouGov: Poll shows Leave voters not prepared to have their family finances affected by Government prioritising immigration over the economy

A new poll, commissioned by the Open Britain campaign, shows that more than half (54%) of Leave voters are not prepared to be a penny worse off in order for the UK to regain control of immigration.

Specific groups within the Leave vote were even less inclined to be left poorer as a result of changes in immigration policy, including 59% of those in the North; 56% of those in the Midlands and Wales; and 63% of Labour voters who voted Leave. 47% of Conservatives who voted Leave would not be willing to lose any money from immigration controls and an amazing 55% of UKIP voters said the same.

The poll, conducted by YouGov, also shows that very few Leave voters are prepared to be left hundreds of pounds worse off in order to control immigration. Only 11% who back Leave would be prepared to more than £100 a month worse off.

The poll also reveals that very few Leave voters expect their personal and family finances to be affected at all by any changes in immigration rules, with 83% saying either it won’t have an impact or that they don’t know, with only 12% expecting them to improve and 4% expecting them to get worse. The fact that so few expect their financial circumstances to change as a result of controlling immigration may partly explain why so few are prepared to accept being left worse off by any changes. [...]

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