Brexit: Public opinion

Fact checks looking at public support for leave and remain issues and outcomes in the Brexit referendum

2 November 2020

Daily Mirror misrepresents research on public support for Brexit

The Daily Mirror claimed a new poll shows that 62% think Britain was wrong to leave the EU.

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Daily Mirror misrepresents research on public support for Brexit
29 August 2019

Claim that 97% of Labour activists support remain alliance is flawed

Poll finds pro-remain Labour activists support a pro-remain electoral stance.

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Claim that 97% of Labour activists support remain alliance is flawed
13 August 2019

The Telegraph’s poll figures on suspending parliament are misleading

The Telegraph claimed a majority of people support the suspension of parliament. The figure was in fact 44%. There are also other problems with this poll.

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The Telegraph’s poll figures on suspending parliament are misleading
12 June 2019

Would the Brexit party win a majority of 240 seats at a general election?

Almost certainly not. Although modelling of EU parliamentary election results suggests this might be the case, these elections are not a proxy for what would happen in a real general …

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Would the Brexit party win a majority of 240 seats at a general election?
31 May 2019

What do the EU election results tell us about public support for leave and remain?

Not very much. It’s not clear that all votes were cast on the basis of whether a party was leave or remain.

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What do the EU election results tell us about public support for leave and remain?
31 May 2019

Did one third of voters support a no deal Brexit at the EU elections?

A third of votes were cast for parties that support no deal, but we should be wary of reading too much into the numbers.

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Did one third of voters support a no deal Brexit at the EU elections?
30 April 2019

How did different constituencies vote in the 2016 EU referendum?

We can’t know for sure the results by constituency, but the best estimates we’ve seen suggest a majority voted to leave.

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How did different constituencies vote in the 2016 EU referendum?
18 April 2019

The EU referendum wasn’t quite the largest democratic exercise in UK history

More people voted in the 1992 general election. But, by number of votes, no single option has been voted for by more people than the vote to leave.

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The EU referendum wasn’t quite the largest democratic exercise in UK history
25 March 2019

Is it possible to repeatedly sign a parliamentary petition using the same email address?

It’s possible to use the same email address twice for parliamentary petitions but no more than that.

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Is it possible to repeatedly sign a parliamentary petition using the same email address?
27 September 2018

There are lots of things wrong with this MP’s Brexit poll

Charlie Elphicke MP used a poll from his own Facebook page to show the “astonishing” popularity of a free trade deal. But polling like this is deeply flawed.

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There are lots of things wrong with this MP’s Brexit poll

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