Britons are now much more likely to identify as ‘Remainers’ or ‘Leavers’ than they identify with a political party – and Remain is holding the lead.
As the general election looms, pollsters YouGov have found that pro- or anti-Brexit feeling is overtaking party allegiance among voters.
When asked whether they see themselves as a Leaver or a Remainer, 86% chose one of the two options. Forty-five per cent of respondents said they were Remainers, putting the cause 4% ahead of Leave’s 41%.
The pro-EU finding reflects the vast majority of Leave versus Remain polls for the last two years.
By contrast, just two thirds of the public chose a political party they felt allied with – 26% of them Conservative and 23% of them Labour.
Despite the Remain-Leave strength of feeling, only 7% chose the Liberal Democrats and just 5% chose the Brexit Party.
A full third of the country said they were undecided or put no answer when it came to political party identification.
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