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British people harbour veiled prejudice despite saying they want equality

15 October 2018

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Psychologists at Kent have contributed to a new report showing that three quarters of people in Britain agree that there should be equality for all, but veiled prejudice and negative attitudes towards others are still prevalent in society.

An extensive survey from the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that, despite three-quarters (74%) of people agreeing that there should be equality for all groups, 42% of Britons have experienced some form of prejudice in the last 12 months.

The survey revealed that more people openly expressed negative feelings towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (44%), Muslims (22%) and transgender people (16%), than towards gay, lesbian and bisexual people (9%), people aged over 70 (4%) and disabled people with a physical impairment (3%).

Research for the survey was carried out by Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Hannah Swift at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University's School of Psychology and a team at Birkbeck, University of London.

Read the full news story via Kent’s News Centre.


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