Sunday Mirror EU referendum poll
Poll of British adults for the Sunday Mirror on knowledge of the EU referendum campaign.

Q. For each of the following pairs of statements about the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, which comes closest to your view?

 

Statement 1

%

Statement 2

%

Don’t know

It is the right thing to do to have a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU

68%

It is the wrong thing to do to have a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU

19%

13%

The British public is best placed to decide whether Britain should stay in or leave the EU

67%

MPs are best placed to decide whether Britain should stay in or leave the EU

16%

17%

Holding a referendum is the right way to solve the debate on Britain’s membership of the EU

68%

Holding a referendum is NOT the right way to solve the debate on Britain’s membership of the EU

19%

13%

I feel I have all the information I need to make a decision on who to vote for in the EU referendum

53%

I don’t have enough information to make a decision on who to vote for in the EU referendum

36%

11%

Generally politicians have done a good job of putting their side forward to voters on the referendum

20%

Generally politicians have done a bad job of putting their side forward to voters on the referendum

64%

16%

There is a lack of unbiased facts available about what would happen if Britain leaves or remains in the EU

69%

There is no shortage of unbiased facts available about what would happen if Britain leaves or remains in the EU

18%

14%

Base: GB adults (n=2,052)

 

·         Around two-thirds of British adults say that it is the right thing do to have a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU (68%) and a similar proportion say (67%) that the British public is best placed to decide whether Britain should stay in or leave the EU.

·         This favourability towards holding a public referendum continues, with more than two-thirds of British adults saying it is the right way to solve the debate on Britain’s membership of the EU (68%).

o    It is worth noting that younger adults are less likely than older adults to be positive about holding a referendum on the Britain’s membership in the EU. Just half of 18-24 year olds (52%) think that holding a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU ‘is the right thing to do’ compared to 77% of adults aged 65+. Additionally, only 58% of 18-24 year olds think that the public is best placed to decide whether Britain should stay in the EU compared to 74% adults 65+

·         Though British adults are generally favourable towards a public referendum on deciding Britain’s membership in the EU, a third (36%) say that they don’t have enough information to make a decision on who to vote for in the EU referendum; while half (53%) say that they feel they have all the information that they need.

o    Younger adults are more likely than older adults to feel that they do not have enough information to make a decision on who to vote for in the EU referendum; 46% of adults aged 25-34 say they don’t have enough information, while just 25% of adults 65+ say the same.

·         Britons are generally negative towards the role of politicians in providing information in the referendum debate. Two thirds (64%) say that generally politicians have done a bad job of putting their side forward to voters on the referendum, while just 20% say they have done a good job. Additionally, seven in ten (69%) say that there is a lack of unbiased facts available about what would happen if Britain leaves or remains in the EU, while only 18% say there is no shortage of unbiased facts available.

o    18-24 year olds are most likely to say that politicians have done a good job of putting their side forward to voters (34% vs 17% of adults aged 55+).

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Date Published
11 June 2016
Categories
Client
Sunday Mirror
Methodology
ComRes  interviewed  2,052  adults  online  between  8th  and  9th  June  2016.  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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