A public opinion poll on behalf of the EU Referendum Campaign.
Date Published: 26 Oct 2010
Categories: Economy | Europe | Politics | Public and communities
73% of the public don't believe that Britain's contribution to the EU of £48 million a Day is a good value for money
These results are part of a poll which examines the public's views on British involvement in the EU. In the context of continuing financial instability, the poll shows that the public remain unconvinced about the economic value of EU membership. 6 in 10 people say that " Britain could survive perfectly well on its own outside the EU", while less than one in three people believe that "Britain gets more financially than it gives to the EU".
James Pryor, Chief Executive of the EU Referendum Campaign, said: "This sends a clear message to David Cameron that the British Public demand a say on our relationship with the EU before any budget increase can be approved. The £48 million a day we send to the EU could be used to save British jobs, invest our Defence Force and give all our young people equal access to higher education. We are not only facing a financial deficit ... we are facing a democratic deficit."
Andrew Hawkins, Chairman of ComRes, said: “In light of last week’s dramatic spending review and continuous messaging from Government about the need for belt-tightening, it is understandable that the public wants reassurance that taxpayers get value for money from every pound the Government spends. This poll shows that among an already sceptical public, the Government have an uphill struggle to sell the benefits of EU membership given the current economic climate.”