In addition to the regular Guardian monthly poll, ICM asked a small number of questions on the impact of perceived Olympic positivity on attitudes towards diversity in Britain. While the poll found that most people (68%) do believe that Britain is stronger as a result of a multi-cultural environment, strong concerns do remain about immigration into the country. More than half (53%) agree that ‘more often than not, immigrants do not bring anything positive into the country’ and 68% disagreed with the proposition that they feel less worried about immigration as a result of the exceptional performances of our Golden ethnic minority athletes.
David Cameron may have some concerns of his own, particularly in holding together the coalition government. Only 16% think it will run right through to the next General Election in May 2015, with many more now thinking that it will collapse sometime before then, compared to July’s figures.
There is some cheer though; 55% think that the Olympics have given the country a necessary shot in the arm, while 35% think the Games were an expensive and dangerous distraction in a time of austerity.
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