June 24, 2021

Pollwatch: Britain five years on from Brexit

Author:
Chris Hopkins, Associate Director
One thing that the public can agree on, though, is that Brexit has caused a more divided country...

New polling by Savanta ComRes to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the Brexit vote finds a nation as divided as ever.

'Remain' would win a narrow EU Referendum re-run, but the story is reversed when it comes to whether UK should remain out, or rejoin the European Union.


Key findings from the polling:

  • Headline 2016 EU Referendum re-run: Leave 49%; Remain 51%
  • Headline EU Membership VI: Become a member 49%; Not become a member 51%
  • Those who did not vote in 2016 more than twice as likely to favour Remain than Leave
  • Half (51%) say Brexit has made the country more divided, including 39% of Leavers

Remain would edge a narrow re-run of the 2016 EU Referendum according to a new poll by Savanta ComRes to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the Brexit vote.

The poll shows Remain beating Leave 51% to 49% if the 2016 referendum were held tomorrow, once those who are undecided have been removed.

However, there appears to be very little switching from either side since 2016, with 6% of Remainers now voting Leave, and 7% of Leavers now voting Remain, according to this poll.

That means the Remain edge in this poll comes from those who did not vote in 2016, with this group being more than twice as likely to vote for Remain (71%) than Leave (29%).

If the referendum question were different, and the UK public were faced with the choice to become a member of the EU or not, the results are reversed, with 51% in this poll saying they’d vote to not become a member, while 49% would become a member.

In addition to those who did not vote in 2016 breaking once again in favour of membership, this reversal also comes down to 14% of 2016 Remainers who would not vote to rejoin, compared to just 10% of 2016 Leavers who would now vote to become a member of the EU.

The divisions caused by the Brexit vote are clear in this poll, with a third of respondents each saying that Brexit has been a success (31%) and failure (34%). One in ten (10%) Leavers say that Brexit has been a failure, while 14% of Remainers say that Brexit has been a success.

One thing that the public can agree on, though, is that Brexit has caused a more divided country, with 51% saying that Brexit has made the country more divided compared to just 13% who say that it has made the country more united. Two in five (39%) Leavers say that the Brexit legacy is a more divided country.

 

Full data tables can be found here. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 


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