Thursday 19 October 2017

North set to reject Brexit by 2-1, says new poll

A new poll shows that 44pc of respondents want the UK to remain in the EU, while only 20pc believe that it should leave. Photo: PA
A new poll shows that 44pc of respondents want the UK to remain in the EU, while only 20pc believe that it should leave. Photo: PA

Yvette Shapiro

Northern Ireland voters are around two to one in favour of remaining in the EU, a new poll reveals.

As the campaign enters its final phase, with just under four weeks to go until polling day on June 23, the Brexit camp is pulling out all the stops to gets its message across.

The poll shows that 44pc of respondents want the UK to remain in the EU, while only 20pc believe that it should leave.

But more than a third of voters are still undecided, meaning the 'Leave' campaigners still have something to play for.

Two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland are set to vote in next month's EU referendum - a significant increase in turnout on recent elections.

In an exclusive poll for our sister newspaper the 'Belfast Telegraph', 65pc of the electorate say they will take part in the vote.

Political parties are divided on the issue, with the Democratic Unionist Party campaigning for a Brexit and their partners in the Executive Sinn Féin pushing for a 'Remain' vote.

Almost half of those questioned said that politicians had no influence on their voting intentions.

Immigration

Nearly a fifth of people are listening to DUP leader Arlene Foster's views on Europe, 14pc are influenced by Martin McGuinness, while the same number say that prime minister David Cameron's arguments are the most persuasive.

The survey of more than a thousand people, carried out by Ipsos Mori, reveals that the opportunity to cut Brussels red tape and scrap regulations is the main reason influencing those who favour Britain leaving the European Union.

More than a third of respondents say a Brexit will lead to less bureaucracy and fewer "overbearing regulations".

Over a quarter (28pc) say a decision to leave the EU will result in fewer open borders and less immigration.

The strongest response on this matter came from Co Down, where 53pc of pro-Leave voters say it is most important. It matters least to those in Co Armagh and Belfast city.

Irish Independent

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