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YouGov poll: 52% of UKIP voters against Jeremy Clarkson's BBC dismissal


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

March 27, 2015 | 3 min read

A majority of Ukip voters were found to be against the BBC's dismissal of former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he assaulted a producer earlier this month.

A YouGov poll of 1698 adults, saw 59 per cent of respondents agree that the BBC made the right call on Clarkson however.

Twenty nine per cent disagreed and 12 per cent didn’t know in spite of the host being found to have physically and verbally assaulted Top gear producer Oisin Tymon.

The response takes a whole new light when leveraged against respondents' politcal allegiances. Only 15 per cent of Liberal Democrats were against Clarkson’s departure from the BBC, followed by 22 per cent of Labour, over a third of Conservatives and a slim majority of Ukip voters.

When asked who they would prefer replace Clarkson, Chris Evan's took a noticeable lead.

BBC News reports that producer Oisin Tymon has decided not to press charges against Clarkson for the assault in the North Yorkshire hotel earlier this month.

A statement from Tymon’s lawyer read: “The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends. Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible.

"Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand. Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible."

This comes after James May on Thursday put the show's future in doubt after telling Sky News: "I think we’re very much the three of us as a package, it works for very complicated reasons that a lot of people don’t fully understand. So that will require a lot of careful thought."


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