Examining the role of positive and negative intergroup contact and anti-immigrant prejudice in Brexit

Meleady, Rose, Seger, Charles and Vermue, Marieke (2017) Examining the role of positive and negative intergroup contact and anti-immigrant prejudice in Brexit. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56 (4). 799–808. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

This study examined the interplay of anti-immigrant prejudice and intergroup contact experience on voting intentions within Britain’s 2016 referendum on its membership within the European Union. In the days before the referendum we asked more than 400 British people how they planned to vote. We measured a number of demographic factors expected to predict voting intentions as well as individuals’ prejudice toward, and intergroup contact experience (positive and negative) with EU immigrants. Anti-immigrant prejudice was a strong correlate of support for Brexit. Negative intergroup contact experience was associated with higher anti-immigrant prejudice and, in turn, increased support for ‘Leave’. Positive intergroup contact, on the other hand, seemed to play a reparative role, predicting lower prejudice and increasing support for ‘Remain’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: prejudice,intergroup contact,eu referendum,voting intentions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 May 2017 05:05
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 15:10
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63497
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12203

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