LONDON: The proportion of Britons who admit to being racially prejudiced has risen since the start of the millennium, raising concerns that growing hostility to immigrants and widespread Islamophobia are setting race relations back 20 years.
New data from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey shows that after years of increasing tolerance, the percentage of people who describe themselves as prejudiced against those of other races has risen overall since 2001. The figures reveal a nation geographically divided, with London reporting the lowest levels of racial prejudice.
The data shows a broad decline in the proportion of people who said they were either very or a little prejudiced against people of other races — from a high of 38 percent in 1987 to an all-time low of 25 percent in 2001. However, in 2002, there was a sharp rise. For 12 years that upward trend continued to a high of 38 percent in 2011. The following year it fell to 26 percent before increasing again in 2013. The Guardian