The latest BMG poll for the Independent reveals  half of Britons believe fascist views are on the rise in the US, UK and Europe.

The poll asked UK adults whether they thought “the number of people with fascist views in the [United States of America/United Kingdom/Europe] is increasing, decreasing or about the same”. The results showed that a majority of British people believe fascism is spreading across the United States. Overall, over half of Brits (53%) said they believe fascist views are increasing in the US, just 3% said fascism is decreasing in the US while one fifth said it is about the same (24% don’t know). Those aged 65 and over are much more likely to say fascism is increasing in the US than those aged 25-34 (62% vs 42%).

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When the same question was put to respondents in relation to the UK, almost half (46%) believe fascist views are increasing, just 3% said fascism is decreasing while almost one third (32%) said it’s about the same (19% don’ know).

Older people are much more likely to say that fascism is increasing in the UK compared with their younger counterparts; over half (54%) of those aged 65 and over compared with around three in ten (31%) 18-24s. Remainers are much more likely than Leavers to feel that fascist views are increasing in the UK. Around six in ten (59%) of those who voted to stay in the EU feel that fascism is on the rise in the UK, whereas just four in ten Leavers (41%) feel the same. Labour voters (56%) are also much more likely to say fascism is increasing in the UK when compared with UKIP voters (43%) and Conservative voters (46%).

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The results for Europe are relatively the same with almost half (48%) saying fascist views in Europe are increasing, just 4% said fascism is decreasing while more than a quarter (26%) said it’s about the same (22% don’t know). As with the US and the UK, older Britons are much more likely to say fascism is increasing across continental Europe than those aged 18 to 24. Twice as many over 65s (69%) say fascist views are increasing compared with 29% of 18 to 24s. Similar numbers of Remainers (57%) and Leavers (52%) believe fascism is increasing across Europe.

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Dr Michael Turner, Research Director at BMG Research, said “With age comes experience, which may explain why our polling shows that it’s older Britons who are most likely to feel that fascist views are on the rise, particularly in Europe. Those aged 65+ are more than twice as likely (69%) to say that the number of people with fascist views in Europe is increasing, compared to those aged 18-34 (29%). Younger people are also much more likely to say that they feel fascism is decreasing in Europe (18-34 =10%) when compared to those aged 65 or above (1%).

Remainers are much more likely than Leavers to feel that fascist views are increasing at home. Around six in ten (59%) of those who voted to stay in the EU feel that fascism is on the rise in the UK, whereas just four in ten Leavers (41%) feel the same.

However, both Remainers and Leavers are much more united on the view that fascism rising on the continent, with some 57% of Remainers and 52% of Leavers saying so in our latest poll for the Independent.”

An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.

Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.

A full breakdown of these results can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.

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