Ukip supporters have least trust in charities, says NPC report

Polling by Ipsos Mori for the think tank finds that 53 per cent of Ukip supporters have a low level of trust in charities, higher than for the three major parties' supporters

Ukip: less trust in charities
Ukip: less trust in charities

The proportion of UK Independence Party supporters who say they have a low level of trust in charities is at least 20 percentage points higher than for the other main political parties, new research shows.

Polling carried out by Ipsos Mori for the think tank NPC found that 53 per cent of Ukip supporters declared a low level of support for UK charities compared with 33 per cent of Conservative, 28 per cent of Labour and 24 per cent of Liberal Democrat supporters.

NPC’s report of the findings, called Charities, Voters & Trust, says that international charities "command virtually no support from Ukip voters at all".

The report notes that previous Ipsos Mori polling found Ukip voters had lower than average trust in other institutions, including MPs, the BBC and the police.

The report says that the proportion of people who said they would make donations to local or national charities was higher among Ukip voters than those of other political parties.

Virtually no Ukip supporters said they would make donations to international charities.

The report says that adults in the three lowest social and economic groups used in marketing surveys, termed C2DE, are more likely to distrust charities than those in the three highest groups – 39 per cent compared with 25 per cent.

Ipsos polling shows that Ukip has a larger proportion of C2DE support than the three main political parties.

The report notes that 24 per cent of respondents rated their trust and confidence in charities at a high level of between eight and 10 out of 10, 37 per cent as medium (between six and seven out of 10) and 35 per cent as low (between nought and five out of 10).

Dan Corry, chief executive of NPC, writes in the report: "We know that many Ukip supporters are disillusioned with the Westminster establishment and with many public institutions. Our new research suggests that charities are in danger of being lumped in with them, as Ukip supporters are far less trusting in charities compared to supporters of the three established parties."

A Ukip spokesman said the research showed that Ukip supporters were more likely than supporters of other parties to give to local and national charities.

"They are uncomfortable with donating to organisations that are more like multinational corporations in their scale, their salaries and their links to government," he said.

Ukip supporters, he said, appeared to think that "charity begins at home", so they were more likely to give to organisations that they knew and trusted, such as the local hospice or the Royal British Legion.

Ipsos Mori’s online polling was conducted in October with a representative sample of more than 1,000 adults in England, Scotland and Wales aged between 16 and 75.

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