New YouGov poll finds shocking racism toward Gypsies and Travellers

Only four out of ten parents (41%) in Great Britain would be happy for their child go to the home of a child who is a Gypsy/Traveller for a playdate and over one in four adults (42%) in Britain said they would be unhappy with a close relative having a long-term relationship or marriage with a Gypsy/Traveller, a Traveller Movement / YouGov poll has found.

The nationally representative YouGov survey suggests the shocking level of prejudice still facing Gypsy and Traveller people in Great Britain.

Key findings

  • Only around a third (34%) of GB adults consider Gypsy/Traveller to be an ethnic group.
  • Only four in ten (41%) GB parents would be happy for their child having a “playdate” at the home of a child who is a Gypsy/ Traveller.
  • Over one in ten (13%) GB adults think that pubs and restaurants in the UK should refuse Gypsies/ Travellers because they are a Gypsy/Traveller.
  • One in four (42%) of GB adults said they would be unhappy with a close relative having a long-term relationship or marriage with a Gypsy/Traveller. This compares with 28%, 10% and 3% of GB adults would be unhappy with a close relative having a long-term relationship or marriage with a person who is a refugee/asylum seeker, Black Caribbean or White British respectively.

You can find the summary of the results here.

The press release can be accessed here.