'Significant' difference in attitude towards gay people amongst Leave and Remain voters

PUBLISHED: 10:02 25 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 October 2019

Protesters at an LGBT+ For A People's Vote rally. Picture: LGBT+ For A People's Vote

Protesters at an LGBT+ For A People's Vote rally. Picture: LGBT+ For A People's Vote

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A new poll suggests there are "significant" differences in attitude towards gay people on either side of the Brexit debate and the political party divides.

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The survey conducted by Ipsos MORI found that that only half of Brexit Party, Conservative and Leave voters strongly agree with the statement that "homosexuals should be treated just like other people".

The poll, conducted as part of a social and moral attitudes survey of British people, found that Remain, Labour and Liberal Democrat voters were much more likely to strongly agree.

Combining those who "strongly" and "tend to" agree with the statement, 77% of Leave voters supported it compared to 90% of Remain voters.

Just 51% of Leave voters said they "strongly" agree with the statement, compared to 76% of Remain voters.

The survey by Ipsos MORI found a significant difference in attitude between Leave and Remain voters towards homosexality. Picture: Ipsos MORIThe survey by Ipsos MORI found a significant difference in attitude between Leave and Remain voters towards homosexality. Picture: Ipsos MORI

"There are significant differences of opinion among voters of the main political parties in 2019, and when looked at by EU referendum vote," said Ipsos MORI's report.

Across party loyalties, 75% of Brexit Party voters, compared with 81% of Conservatives, 87% of Labour voters and 87% of Lib Dems agreed - strongly or otherwise - with the statement.

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The survey, presented through analysis by the Policy Institute at King's College, London, looked at attitudes to a wide range of moral issues including illegal drug use, homosexuality, and sex in popular culture, and broadly noted that "the British public's views on moral issues have become increasingly liberal over the last 30 years".

The results were weighted to reflect the country's 16-75 population profile, noted the pollsters.

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