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Further movement in the polls in favour of Britain being in the EU

First, there’s YouGov’s backward-looking questions about the European referendum:
YouGov tracker on European refernedum outcome
Then there is BMG’s polling on what next:
Independent front page on BMG Euro polling

When BMG asked some 1,500 respondents, “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union”, 52 per cent said “remain”, 40 per cent said “leave”, six per cent said they did not know and one per cent refused to say.

The remain option has been in the high 40s most of this year, but from September to October it rose one point and then another point to 49 per cent in November, meaning it rose three points in December to its current level.

UPDATE: These trends are continuing.

One response to “Further movement in the polls in favour of Britain being in the EU”

  1. 13% is too many “don’t knows” for comfort. 52% supported “remain” at the start of the referendum campaign, but some switched to “leave” by the polling day.
    I canvassed in my neighbourhood, in one of the strongest remain areas in the country, in the referendum campaign and was somewhat unsettled by how much of the remain support was soft, some very soft. Most of the white middle-aged and older men were equivocal. Only the young and those with European connections were firmly in favour of remaining in the EU. Women, except older ones who favoured leave camp, were mostly in favour, motivated by fear of negative impact on the NHS, the jobs and their children’s prospects. But even they had a negative view of the EU.
    This prevailing negative view persists and may be the main obstacle to a realignment of public opinion. We haven’t done enough to challenge it. Maybe because we don’t know enough about the EU and its benefits to our country. Time to start mentioning them perhaps.

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