According to NatSen, an institute for social research, the majority of British people are economically left-leaning, whilst retaining their traditional social conservatism.
The survey, conducted every year since 1983, asks over 2,000 people a wide variety of questions on everything ranging from the economy and national security to immigration and the European Union.
Interestingly, the vast majority (76%) agree that Britain should leave the European Union, or that in a hypothetical arrangement whereby we didn’t leave, that the EU’s powers should be greatly reduced.
Tax & Benefit Manipulation
As ever, the strong British (English) sense of fair play shines through in these latest results, with 61% saying that they believe it’s wrong for welfare recipients to use legal loopholes to increase their benefits payments.
48% also believe that it is wrong to use legal loopholes to avoid paying as much tax as one should. The discrepancy between attitudes to benefit frauds and avoiding taxes can probably be explained by the fact that at least those who avoid tax have worked hard to earn the money in the first place.
That said, a large proportion still believe tax avoidance is wrong.
The Role of Government
For the first time in over a decade, there is more support for increased taxation and increased public spending for healthcare, education and public services, than for austerity measures. 48% now believe that greater taxation and spending is the right way to go, in comparison with 44% who believe taxation and spending should stay the same. Just 4% support further cuts to either.
This is the clearest sign yet that the British people are rejecting the neo-liberal economic model of the Conservative government, in favour of a more interventionist state.
52% agree with the statement that the government “definitely has a responsibility for providing a decent standard of living for pensioners”, whilst 55% believe that the government should spend more public money on pensions. These figures are down from 69% and 76% respectively from 1996.
Unfortunately for the scroungers of this society, just 16% believe that the government should spend more money on unemployment benefit, down from 33% in 1996.
In the wake of multiple Islamist terror attacks on the streets of Britain, it is no surprise that attitudes towards civil liberties in the name of ‘counter terrorism’ are decidedly illiberal and conservative.
80% of people believe that the government should be allowed to keep video footage of anybody in a public area, and 60% of people believe that the government should be allowed to collect information about anybody living in Britain without their prior knowledge or consent.
At the time of a suspected terrorist attack, a massive 77% believe that the government should be able to tap into people’s telephone conversations, whilst 70% believe that the police should be able to stop and search anybody at random.
Whilst these attitudes can be understood in the context of the increased threat of terrorism, people would do well to remember that we never had the need for such surveillance before ‘diversity’.
It is in their attitudes towards social/moral issues such as sexuality, abortion and euthanasia that the British people really fail to cover themselves in any glory.
64% of people now agree that it is “not at all wrong” to be in a homosexual relationship, compared to 59% just two years ago in 2015, and 47% in 2012. This is up from a low of around 10% in 1987, demonstrating just what a few decades of brainwashing by the liberal media can do to the minds of a nation.
Similarly, record numbers (70%) now say that a woman should be entitled to an abortion on demand, without providing any good reason whatsoever. As an atheist, I put it to you that such a view is quite frankly disgusting.
Finally, 59% of people do not believe there is anything too violent or pornographic that an adult should be prevented from watching it.
It has to be said that aside from sexuality, abortion and euthanasia, British attitudes are still socially conservative, in terms of security and immigration/integration, as we shall see.
According to this report, attitudes towards immigration have softened in the years between 2002 and 2014, with the gap between those who feel immigration is a negative and those who feel immigration is a positive thing narrowing from 16 percentage points to just 4. Of course, none of these highly intelligent academics can understand why.
Perhaps it becomes more clear when one realises that, between 2002 and 2014, some five million immigrants settled in the UK. Hint: foreigners have a more favourable view of other foreigners!
Having said that, a large proportion of people (42%) believe that none or “just a few” immigrants from a different race should be allowed to come and live in the United Kingdom.
Attitudes to integration, however, have hardened; 87% of respondents state that immigrants should only be able to come here on the condition that they speak English, whilst 84% believe immigrants need to commit to living the “British way of life”. 81% believe immigrants should bring skills to the country.
One positive to take from this set of results is that the vast majority of British people support Britain leaving the European Union. 76% of Britons support leaving the EU, or that in a hypothetical argument where the referendum never happened, that the European Union’s powers should be greatly reduced.
In contrast, just over 10% of the British people supported this view when the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992. It was this treaty that turned the European Economic Community – as it was known then – into the European Union.
Upon reading these results, it is clear to see that liberal propaganda through the mass media has altered many of the social attitudes in the United Kingdom when it comes to sexuality and racial issues. The sorts of views that one would have been considered insane for holding at any point throughout England’s one thousand year history are now accepted as ‘the new normal’.
However, it seems that the lies and cries of the media machine are still catching up in terms of the European Union and immigration. In a way, this is because the media itself is divided on the issue of Brexit, as is the political class – although a significant majorities of both of these cartels are pro-Brussels.
Economically speaking, the British people are beginning to reject the false God that is neo-liberal economic theory, in favour of more market stimulation and intervention by the government. There is also now a clear gap between those against austerity and those in favour of more austerity.
Sadly, the terrorist attacks have served their purposes in giving the government a pretext to usher in a Soviet-style surveillance state, whilst the people have lapped this up with hardly much encouragement by the media or politicians.
Whatever the future holds for this once-great nation, it is clear that the global cable has become very efficient in influencing public opinion. The powers of the mass-media in the form of cinema, television, radio and now the internet, have reached into the daily lives of every man woman and child from Aberdeen to Penzance – it will take a momentous effort to shift things back in the other direction, if it is even possible at all.