In a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, research found that about half of Ukip voters admit being prejudiced about other races but say they are not racist.
The results of the survey showed 48 per cent of the party’s supporters described themselves as “prejudiced against other races”. 6 per cent of the 48 said they were “very prejudiced”.
Between the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats; 60 per cent, 72 per cent and 73 per cent said they were not prejudiced, respectively. 64 per cent of Ukip supporters who admitted being “racially prejudiced”, interestingly said they were “not racist”, when directly asked if they held racist views.
In the same poll, 8 per cent of Ukip supporters admitted to holding anti-semantic views compared to 3 per cent of Labour and Conservative supporters. The Liberal Democrats held the highest anti-semantic views with 9 per cent.
This is the current thorn in the side of the party, since the one that involved an ex-councillor for the party saying she dislikes what she called ‘negroid features’. Rozanne Duncan – a former prominent member of Ukip in the Thanet South seat – was expelled from the party, claiming she was “no racist” and that she felt “betrayed” by the Ukip leadership.
The YouGov poll was carried out on 19 and 20 February.