The government’s approach to immigration is “disappointing everyone, but for different reasons” and Tory supporters have said “not enough” it being done to stop migrants crossing the English Channel.
There is dissatisfaction with both the liberals who say its inhumane no to allow immigrants in, then there is the hardliners who believe the government are not doing what was promised.
Labour accused the Prime Minister last week of having “failed to get a grip” on the issue as more than 23,000 have now illegally entered the UK.
Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, said, “The government’s approach to immigration, particularly asylum and small boats, is disappointing everyone – but for different reasons.
“Liberals think it is inhumane, while hardliners think it isn’t achieving what has been promised. What they all have in common is the feeling that the government isn’t doing a good job.
“Attitudes to immigration are nuanced but the sharp divide along party political lines means we should expect a noisier, more heated immigration debate as Britain heads towards a general election.
“But politicians won’t rebuild public trust by raising the volume of the debate – that will take workable solutions, particularly on asylum, that balance control and compassion.”
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos, said, “There is no simple answer to meeting voters’ demands on this issue, as views are split and often nuanced.
“For example, Britons also continue to support migration for specific sectors of work (especially health and social care), while control over who comes in is often as if not more important as the total numbers.
“But with an election on the horizon and attention on the issue of immigration and asylum unlikely to go away, there isn’t much trust in either of the main parties to get the balance right.”