on: Monday, 28 February 2011
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ALMOST two-thirds of white Brits say immigration has been bad for the UK, a shock survey has revealed.
Half the people quizzed in the study said they believed Muslims "create problems" here.
And a similar number would consider voting for a far-right political party.
The survey, conducted by polling firm Populus, will be unveiled today by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Left-leaning politicians said the results proved ministers had more to do to show the public they were taking the issue seriously.
The survey of 5,000 white Brits showed 63% feel immigration has had a negative effect here. But British Asians were the most vocal on halting immigration until the UK economy improves, with 38%wanting to stop it and 34% of white Brits agreeing with the idea.
Another 48% of white Brits quizzed said they would vote for a far-right party but only if it rejected "fascist imagery" and violence, while 52% thought Muslims "create problems in the UK".
The poll, commissioned by Searchlight Educational Trust, will worry both PM David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband who have concerns over the rise of right-wing extremists.
The Trust said in a report on the poll, called Fear And Hope - The New Politics Of Identity: "This challenges political parties to really understand what's going on and to do something."
Labour MP Jon Cruddas, due to unveil the report with David Miliband today, said it should "ricochet through the body politic".
Trust chief Nick Lowles said although young Brits see anti-Muslim extremists as being as bad as Muslim extremists, "This gives those campaigning against extremism nowhere to hide. We're in danger of losing touch with the public on race, immigration and multiculturalism."