After years of discussion, voters have gradually changed their outlook on immigration.
In 2011, a YouGov poll suggested that only 31 per cent of voters thought immigration was either being discussed too much (11 per cent) or the right amount (20 per cent). Twice as many voters – 62 per cent – thought the issue was under-discussed.
Three years later that had gradually shifted. In March 2014, Ipsos MORI – a different pollster, but one unlikely to find dramatically different answers to YouGov – found 54 per cent of voters thought the issue either over-discussed or discussed enough. 43 per cent disagreed.
But now Ipsos have announced the results of their follow-up poll, carried out ten days before Christmas, which shows as many people now think immigration discussed too much as think it discussed too little. And a clear majority of voters – 60 per cent – now think it either discussed too much or enough.