Fear and Hope is one of the most comprehensive studies of it’s kind. We’ve been mapping attitudes to race, faith and belonging since 2011 to give a snapshot of changing identity politics in England.

The survey asks over 4,000 people 140 questions pertinent to current events, dividing the nation into six identity ‘tribes’: At one extreme of this spectrum lie liberals and multiculturalists. At the other end lie both active as well as latently-hostile groups. And in the middle, one group driven by economic insecurity but more ambivalent about immigration, while the other are economically secure but concerned about cultural changes in society. These divides constitute a new political understanding through which personal, community, economic, ethic, national identity, and global issues and attitudes can be understood.

This research helps to guide HOPE not hate’s work on the ground, in setting out the challenges ahead, it offers us a means of reaching a progressive consensus on key issues such as immigration, cohesion, integration, extremism and human rights.

Publications 

Fear and Hope 2017 - Click here to buy our latest report!

Our fourth report looks at the impacts of our turbulent times. It explores economic pessimism, the effects of the Brexit vote, the recent attacks on Manchester and London and responses to the Grenfell Tower fire to offer a snapshot of the nation’s views.

Charting attitudes over six years, Fear and Hope 2017 shows how we have become a more open and tolerant society, how terror attacks can enable resilience, how Brexit divides us. This report sets out the big challenges ahead. While in many ways we are more hopeful, fears have become more engrained and tensions are high. Faith, integration and terrorism will all be important challenges for the coming years, while Brexit will determine the country’s future.

 

Fear and Hope 2016

Fear and Hope 2016 written by Professor Robert Ford, of Manchester University, and HOPE not hate’s Nick Lowles, explores levels of fear, hate and hope in today’s England. It investigates our attitudes and relationships with one another, and also with outsiders. It explores what pulls us apart but at the same time what brings us together. It identifies the drivers of fear and hope and the triggers that push people from one to the other. 

Fear and HOPE 2016 examines how England has changed since 2011. It explores the growing cultural divides in society. New elements of the research examine our views on British values, Islam, terrorism and the EU.

 

Fear and Hope 2011

Our pioneering report from 2011 emerged from what we were seeing in the rise of the BNP, UKIP and the EDL. A shifting dynamic – of a politics of culture, identity, and nation driven by deeper forces and shaping our attitudes towards ‘Others’.  This first report on our six identity tribes looks at the relationship between economic pessimism and financial security, cultural concerns about a changing society, and the emotive motivations of our identity, that balance fears against hope.