Published On: Tue, May 27th, 2014 on 9:23 pm

Yorkshire and Humber listed as third most racially prejudiced region in UK

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New data from the NatCen Social Research’s British Social Attitudes survey has put Yorkshire and the Humber in third place for the most ‘racially prejudiced’ region in the UK.

Behind the East and West Midlands, the county ties with the South West, with 31% of people having described themselves as “very” or a “little” prejudiced against people of other races.

The survey, conducted last year, also found that 69% of those in Yorkshire and the Humber said that they were “not at all prejudiced”, whilst the North West, North East, Wales and Scotland had over 70%.

People in Inner London were least likely to self-describe themselves as prejudiced (16%) whilst the West Midlands was the most likely (35%).

Furthermore, just over 9 in 10 of those who admitted to some level of racial prejudice said they would like to see a reduction in the current level of immigration, in comparison to around 7 in 10 who said that they were not prejudiced at all.

It is believed that the figure marks a return to previous levels of prejudice seen before an all-time nationwide low in 2001 of 25%, suggesting little headway in tackling racial prejudice over the last ten years.

Penny Young, Chief Executive of NatCen Social Research, said: “The findings are troubling. Levels of racial prejudice declined steadily throughout the nineties, but have been on the rise again during the first decade of this century.

“This bucks the trend of a more socially liberal and tolerant Britain. Our local and national leaders need to understand and respond to increased levels of racial prejudice if we are to build strong local communities.”

The question asked to those surveyed was: “Would you describe yourself as very prejudiced against people of other races, a little prejudiced, or not prejudiced at all?”

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