Was Brexit a Working-Class Revolt?
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/09/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21477
The malevelant genius of the Leave campaign was that it managed to go one step further and direct the anger of many previous working-class targets of derision at the even more vulnerable immigrants.
The findings of the major polls taken before and after the referendum vote reveal strong xenophobic and anti-immigration currents among Leave voters. When asked in the largest poll if they felt something was a force for "good" or "ill", of those Leave voters who answered the question two-thirds thought multiculturalism a "force for ill" and 82% found immigration also "ill".
The YouGov exit poll revealed similar attitudes, though slightly less severe, with 65% of LEave voters saying immigration was "bad" for the country, while 62% of Remain voters thought it "good". Whatever the shortcomings of polls, the margins make it clear that anti-immigration sentiment was a major factor in the Brexit vote and not entirely among Remain voters.