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.

Cassie Marie McDonagh, an Irish Traveller, wrote an article in the guardian and including findings from this survey. Do read and share.