A new poll by Ipsos MORI for Conservative Influence reveals that the public believes ‘setting an example in the values we believe in’ will be vital in building Britain’s influence in the world over the next 10-20 years. Britain’s economic influence, diplomatic relations and membership of multi-national bodies are also all seen by many as very important to the country’s role on the world stage.
The poll, conducted among 1,086 online British adults aged 16-75, finds that 51% say “setting an example in the values we believe in” will be very important in building Britain’s influence in the world over the next 10-20 years. Britain’s economic influence (44%), diplomatic relations (43%) and membership of multi-national bodies (41%) are also all seen as very important by at least four in ten. Somewhat fewer think Britain’s cultural (30%) and military (22%) influence will be as important.
Other key findings include:
- 36% think Britain should try to increase its influence around the world, compared with just 12% who want to see it reduce. Four in ten (42%) think it should stay the same.
- A majority agree that Britain is a force for good in the world (63%), and that Britain should try to punch above its weight, even if it is less powerful than other some countries (53%).
- Three-quarters (77%) think the UK should still try to work closely with the EU after Brexit on issues other than trade, such as security and climate change, and 60% agree that in the modern world it is better for countries to work together than go it alone, even if that means losing some of their independence. However, a majority (54%) also feel that Britain spends too much time trying to work with other countries and not enough on its own problems.
- Under half (45%), think the British government effectively uses its influence to promote British values abroad (39% think it is not very effective).
Technical note:Ipsos MORI interviewed 1,086 British adults aged 16-75, online, between 26-29 September 2016. Interviews were carried out on Ipsos MORI’s i-Omnibus. Data are weighted to the profile of the national population.