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- A quarter of Leave voters believe they were misled by the Brexit campaign. Many voters believe they will be made worse off over the coming years as a result of the vote to leaves. Opinium poll suggests Remain would win a second EU referendum. However, appetite for another vote remains low.
LONDON – One-in-four people who voted for Brexit believe they were misled by the Leave campaign, with almost one-in-ten now saying they would vote to Remain instead if a second EU referendum was called.
Half of all voters now say the Leave campaign, which promised voters £350m a week extra for the NHS, was mostly or completely misleading, with 19% describing it as truthful.
However, Theresa May’s government has since repeatedly refused to commit themselves to the pledge.
Now 26% of all Leave voters say they were misled by the Brexit campaign, according to the new poll by Opinium.
If there were another EU referendum, how would you vote? (Opinium)
- Remain: 47% Leave: 44% Don’t know: 5%
The poll found that a significant number of voters have changed their mind since the referendum.
Among all those who expressed a preference, 52% of voters now say they would vote to Remain as opposed to 48% who would vote to Leave.
However, there is not yet overwhelming public demand for a second referendum. Just 39% said there should be another vote once the final terms of our exit have been negotiated, as opposed to 49% who said there shouldn’t.
Worse off without EU
The poll found significant concern that Brexit will leave voters financially worse off over the coming years. 39% of all voters and even 23% of Leave voters said they expect to be worse off over the coming two years as a result of Brexit.
The public was more evenly split on the effect over the long term with 31% saying they would be better off after 10 years and 30% saying they believed they would be worse off.
The poll also found support for a softer form of Brexit, than that currently being pursued by Prime Minister May.
36% said they would be willing for freedom of movement to continue if it meant staying inside the single European market, with 31% saying they would be willing to leave the single market as a price for ending free movement.