25% Have Lied About How They'll Vote in the EU Referendum, Majority Will Vote Leave




Almost 25% of respondents to our poll said they have lied about how they'll vote in the EU Referendum, with nearly twice as many saying they'll vote for Remain when they actually intend to vote Leave as the other way around.

24% said they had told someone they will vote one way when they actually intend to vote another. Of these, 15% said they would vote Remain when they will actually vote Leave. 9% said they would vote Leave when they will actually vote Leave.

This may indicate that Leave is considered the more controversial way of voting; people are less likely to admit to wanting to vote to leave.

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By: Toby Gould, Editor

Until recently, wanting the UK to leave the EU was a controversial opinion. Yes there were Eurosceptics, but it was rare for them to want to abandon the EU altogether.  With the rise of UKIP and the promise of a referendum, this view has become much more mainstream.  However this poll shows that 'Leave' still persists in being more controversial in comparison to 'Remain'.

In fact, it's worth drawing a comparison between this phenomenon and the idea of 'shy Tories'.  It may be because voting Leave is heavily associated with UKIP (a fringe party, still out of the mainstream).  What we need to be wondering is whether these voters who don't admit they're going to vote Leave are influencing the polls. In the 1992 election and in the last election, 'shy Tories' may well have been responsible for the polls predicting a hung parliament when the actual result produced a Tory majority.  Could these secret Leave voters mean that polls are showing a close result when really we're heading towards a Brexit?



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