People like you?

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
May 18, 2011, 11:07 PM GMT+0

Two thirds of the British population are convinced that the country would be a ‘better place’ if more people were like them, our poll has found.

  • Asked the extent to which they agreed with the statement ‘this country would be a better place if more people were like me’, 66% of Brits agreed
  • 19% strongly agreed, while 47% tended to agree with the statement
  • Just 14% said that they disagreed, with 2% strongly disagreeing

People like me: A closer look

Whether such high percentages indicate arrogance, contented self-assuredness, self-confidence or even disdain for others, the differences that emerge between social groups present a particularly intriguing prism through which to view the varying mindsets of the British.

  • Londoners are more likely to favour a Britain made up of people like them, with 71% agreeing with the statement compared to 61% of those living in Scotland

Young people as a group are less favourable that their older counterparts

  • Just 53% of those aged 18 to 24 agreed with the statement
  • Compared to 69% of the over 60s and 70% of those aged 40 to 59
  • Men and women, however, are more or less agreed on the matter
  • 69% of men and 65% of women think that the country would be a better place if more people were like them, respectively

Politically, Conservative supporters are much more likely than their Labour or Liberal Democrat counterparts to want a country with more people like themselves

  • 75% of Tory voters favoured such a country
  • Compared to 68% of Labour supporters and 57% of Lib Dems

While differences in social class and income seem to have no effect on people’s views of a society made up of people more like them

  • 68% of ABC1s, and a statistically very similar 66% of C2DEs, agree with the statement

See the survey details and full results here