Poll Suggests Young British Voters Reject Globalism, Desire a ‘Strong Leader'
Are young people turning their backs on years of liberalism?
Two-thirds of young people in the UK are rejecting globalism and want a strong leader, with over one-quarter saying they'd be happy if the country was led by the military, according to a recent poll.
The poll seems to suggest that young people are also turning their backs on liberalism.
Out of the 5,073 people polled by Hanbury Strategy, between the 21st and 28th of June, 58 percent of people think that having “a strong leader who does not have to bother with Parliament” would be a good way to run the UK.
The poll was published on Thursday by conservative think tank Onward.
The results come as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to push towards delivering Brexit on the 31 October 2019.
Out of those questioned, 26 percent, said it would be good “having the army-run the country.”
But Onward noted that “Younger voters are most authoritarian,” with 66 percent favoring strongman leaders.
And 36 percent backed the idea of having army rule.
The eye-opening findings support research from 2017, where a study of social attitudes conducted by the University of Sheffield and the University of Southampton found young people in the UK are more right-wing than the previous generations.
Onward also found people were expressing more conservative, traditional values “than fifty years of liberalism would predict."
71 percent think that “more people living in cities has made society worse."
Sixty-six percent said that “more people going to university and fewer gaining technical qualifications has been bad for the country overall."
A further 63 percent believe that “fewer people are getting married because of a decline in family commitment and values.”
Respondents did not have much positive to say about globalization, with 66 percent of people thinking that “globalization has not benefited most people."
Sixty-one percent of people believe that “on the whole, jobs and wages have been made worse by technological change.”
Over half, 59 percent, has said that “increases in immigration have had a negative impact on the economy overall,” compared to 41 per said who said the impact has been positive.
Lord James O’Shaughnessy from Onward said of the results:
“We found that voters believe the growth of cities and increasing numbers of people going to university have been bad for society."
"They think that communities have become more segregated rather than diverse and that family values are being eroded and that globalization, technological change, and immigration have harmed ordinary people’s lives, jobs, and wages.”
Countries like Hungary and Italy have been rejecting globalism for quite a while.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said in March there is no place for multiculturalism in Hungary.
While Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini recently vowed to "save Europe" from globalism.