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Over a third of Brexit leave voters 'racially prejudiced'

REVEALED: National Centre for Social Research survey found over a third of brevet leave voters have 'racially prejudice' views (Photo credit: Reuters)

NEW RESEARCH reveals Brits who voted Leave in the EU referendum are more likely to describe themselves as "racially prejudiced" than those who voted remain.

A survey, of 2,220 people conducted by the National Centre for Social Research, found that 34% of Leave voters admitted holding racist attitudes compared to 18% of Remain voters.

The study, also found 26% of Britons still described themselves as "very" or "a little" prejudiced towards people of other races.

The study has been conducted annually since 1983 and the number of people saying they are racially prejudiced has never fallen below a quarter.

The figure peaked at 39% in 1987 and hit a second peak of 37% in 2011, the report Racial Prejudice In Britain Today said.

Also published in the report was new data from the European Social Survey conducted in 2014 revealing that 18% of Britons agreed that "some races or ethnic groups are born less intelligent".

A total of 44% of the 3,000 Britons involved in the European Social Survey said that some ethnic groups were naturally harder working and men were more likely than women to say they were racially prejudiced, at 29% compared to 23%.

According to Evening Standard, Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive at the National Centre for Social Research, said: "These numbers provide clear evidence that a significant minority of people in Britain feel prejudiced towards people of other races.

"The findings seem to buck the trend of growing tolerance we have seen in the British Social Attitudes survey."

"Prejudice on this scale is something we as a society should be concerned about, not least as there is a significant body of evidence that even subtle racial prejudices contribute to racial inequality in areas such as education, employment and in the criminal justice system."

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