Gary Lineker's ignorance laid bare as new poll shows Britons DON'T agree with his woke views

Gary Lineker speaking to press outside his home

Lineker tweeted the government's language on tackling the migrant crisis was similar to 1930s Germany

Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett

Published: 10/03/2023

- 09:57

Updated: 10/03/2023

- 14:19

The BBC’s highest paid star has caused serious controversy for comparing the Government’s new migrant bill to “1930s Germany”

The GB News People’s Poll has revealed that the majority of Brits disagree with Gary Lineker over the migrant crisis.

This week, the Match of the Day host tweeted that he felt the Government’s new Illegal Migrant Bill was similar to “1930s Germany” and has faced calls to be sacked by the BBC.

Lineker told reporters he does not fear suspension and confirmed he would be hosting Saturday night’s coverage of the Premier League as normal.

In a new GB News People’s Poll, the majority of voters - 52 per cent - agreed that people arriving in the UK illegally should be removed and blocked from returning. Only 25 per cent disagreed.

The majority of Brits disagree with Lineker's opinion, according to a GB News People's Poll


But when asked about whether Prime Minister Rishi Sunak or Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer can be trusted the most to manage the small boat crisis, just 16 per cent said Sunak, 14 per cent said Starmer, with 40 per cent say neither of the two.

Among Conservative Party voters, 83 per cent agrees that people arriving in the UK illegally such as on small boats should be removed from the UK and blocked from returning in the future, whereas only 27 per cent of Labour voters agree.

Professor Matt Goodwin assessed the poll, said: “What this shows is that the core government policy for dealing with the small boats crisis is far more popular than many people think.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman at a press conference with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

The government put forward their Illegal Migrant Bill this week


“A majority of voters agree that people who arrive in Britain illegally should be removed from the UK and blocked from returning, which rockets to 83 per cent among Conservative Party voters.

“This underlines the incentive for Rishi Sunak to turn up the volume on this issue, as it unites his party’s 2019 electorate.

“Yet while Sunak is now ahead of Starmer when voters are asked who they back, we also find widespread public disillusionment with both left and right on this issue.

“What this suggests to me is that Sunak will only reap the benefits of this issue if he actually delivers on his policy”.

Border Force in Dover deal with people who have crossed the Channel

A GB News People's Poll shows 52 per cent of people agreed those arriving in the UK illegally should be removed and blocked from returning.


Replying to Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s video ahead of the Bill, Lineker said it the announcement was “beyond awful”.

He added: “This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?”

The host, who earns £1.35million from the BBC, told reporters he does not fear losing his job and stands by the views he tweeted.

He has previously been punished by the BBC for breaching the broadcasters social media guidelines, having attacked then-Foreign Secretary Liz Truss over her boycott of the Champions League final in Russia.

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