Regime change needed

A new poll published in the United Kingdom shows that a significant majority of people have a grim view of social and political situation in the country.

Results of the poll published by the Sky Data, a subsidiary of the Sky News organization, showed that social divides were at the most acute levels in the history of Britain as most of the people were united in their fear of the future and distrust in the political leadership.

The poll said 75 percent of people in the UK, excluding the population on Northern Ireland, believed that the country is deeply divided with the cynicism being even more visible among the younger generation.

It said nearly nine in 10 people, some 87 percent, believed that the political leadership in the UK cared “not very much, or not at all” about people “like them”.

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Some 79 percent of the respondents said that they felt unable to “make a difference” in how their government operates.

A major striking score of the poll, however, was the public view about the spread of racism, especially against nearly three million Muslims living in the UK. The poll showed that around half of Britons thought their country was racist and some 62 percent said it was Islamophobic.

The poll, conducted online between 4 and 14 January this year, covered than 2,880 people above the age of 18.

The results come amid increasing concerns about Britain’s future after it leaves the European Union. Experts believe the mere issue of Brexit has helped widen schisms in the British society. The growing uncertainty over the fate of Brexit has caused many to call for a new vote on the issue two years after around 52 percent of Britons voted for their country to leave the EU after more than four decades.


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