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    Britain 'worse than 20 years ago'

    The threat of terrorism is one reason why Britain is a worse place to live now compared with 20 years ago, a BBC poll suggests.

    Nearly half (47%) of those questioned thought quality of life in Britain had declined, with 47% blaming a "lack of respect" and 46% citing crime.

    The study of 1,006 adults was conducted for BBC One's Six O'Clock News.

    The results of the ICM poll will feature in a series of special reports called the Changing Face of Britain.

    Ben Rich, deputy editor of the BBC's One and Six O'Clock News, said: "Many changes in the way we live creep up on us and do not get widely reported day to day.

    "These reports will try to capture some of those."

    According to the poll, 27% of those questioned think that Britain is neither better nor worse than 20 years ago.

    But they also said the cost of living and immigration had had an impact on British life.

    However, terrorism was cited as the main challenge facing the country by the 24% of adults who think it is now a better place to live.

    The series will feature reports from BBC correspondents in a number of locations around the country including Christchurch in Dorset, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham and the Yorkshire Dales.

    They will focus on the increasing numbers of elderly people staying in the workforce; the effect of European immigration on existing ethnic minority communities; city dwellers moving out to rural areas and the ambitions of young people in old industrial areas.

    Hate crime and differences in legislation between parts of Britain will also be scrutinised. Mark Burey, a BBC spokesman, said: "One report will look at Britain's ageing population - the oldest population in the UK is in Christchurch, Dorset.

    "In Birmingham we will look at immigration and the Asian communities' response to the influx of Eastern Europeans following the enlargement of the EU.

    "It is a snapshot of how things are changing in Britain detailing the subtle changes, along with the obvious ones."


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    I think the results are quite interesting:
    Is Britain Today...
    Worse place to live than 20 years ago - 47%
    Better place to live than 20 years ago - 24%
    No Better / Worse - 27%
    Don't Know - 2%

    Why is Britain worse?
    Of those thinking Britain worse place to live, which 2 or 3 reasons explain that:
    Lack of respect - 47%
    Crime - 46%
    Living Costs - 31%
    Terrorism - 28%
    Immigration - 28%
    Public Services - 26%
    Cynical Politicians - 25%
    Environment - 15%
    Poverty - 14%
    Don't know - 10%

    Challenges Ahead
    Of those thinking Britain better place to live, which 2 or 3 are biggest challenges facing country today:
    Terrorism 44%
    Crime 43%
    Lack of respect 34%
    Environment 34%
    Public Services - 33%
    Immigration - 26%
    Living Costs - 26%
    Poverty - 18%
    Cynical Politicians - 14%
    Don't know - 2%

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    Re: Britain 'worse than 20 years ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by Startide View Post

    Why is Britain worse?
    Of those thinking Britain worse place to live, which 2 or 3 reasons explain that:
    Lack of respect - 47%
    Crime - 46%
    Terrorism - 28%
    Public Services - 26%
    You might as well lump those four percentages with 'immigration'.

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    Re: Britain 'worse than 20 years ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by The Nausea View Post
    You might as well lump those four percentages with 'immigration'.
    And 'Living Costs', as anyone trying to find somewhere to live in the south will tell you

    'Public Services' is less clear cut though bescuase while many immigants use them, many contribute to them as well.

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    Re: Britain 'worse than 20 years ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by Startide View Post
    And 'Living Costs', as anyone trying to find somewhere to live in the south will tell you

    'Public Services' is less clear cut though bescuase while many immigants use them, many contribute to them as well.
    True, organisations like the NHS rely on specialists from other countries. I had a blood test taken today by an Indian woman in fact. However, the vast, vast majority of immigrants are having a negative impact on public services by soaking them all up. And they're mostly Muslim.

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