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EU Referendum Campaign Prisoners Poll

 A public opinion poll on behalf of the EU Referendum Campaign.

Date Published: 01 Feb 2011

Categories: Europe | Politics | Public and communities | Social


Three quarters of Britons don’t think that prisoners should be able to vote in parliamentary elections.
An exclusive ComRes poll for the EU Referendum Campaign reveals 76% of the British Public disagree that prisoners should be allowed to vote in Parliamentary Elections.
We asked the British public if they agree or disagree with the following statement:
Prisoners should be able to vote in parliamentary elections
Agree: 16%
Disagree: 76%
Don’t know: 8%
James Pryor, Chief Executive of the EU Referendum Campaign said “The British public are sick and tired of interference from Europe in whatever form. Our poll clearly shows that the people are against the vote for prisoners. It will be interesting to see whether MP’s will vote with their consciences and with the people or whether they will be forced to toe the Party line which will again prove the disconnect between the political elite and the people”
ComRes Chairman Andrew Hawkins said: “With fewer than one in six Brits supporting giving prisoners the right to vote, it seems the public agree with David Cameron when he said he felt physically ill over the issue.  This is an issue that touches a very sensitive nerve with many people in respect of their sense of justice and what prison is there for.”
ComRes interviewed 2,001 GB adults online between 28th and 31st January 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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