53% would back staying in EU if referendum held now, poll finds
Voters would back remaining in the EU by 53% to 47% if a referendum was held now, according to a major poll.
Some 45% want a say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with 34% opposed, the survey for the People's Vote campaign found.
If talks break down, half of voters said the final decision over whether the UK should crash out of the bloc or remain in the EU should be taken by the public and a quarter said Parliament should decide.
Opponents of Brexit said the YouGov study of more than 10,000 adults showed public opinion was shifting.
Peter Kellner, a leading pollster and former president of YouGov, said the findings were "politically significant".
You may also want to watch:
He said: "Across the spectrum, the message from voters in this survey is clear: if the government and Parliament can't sort out Brexit, the people should. "
Labour voters overwhelmingly said they would back remaining in the EU, some 77% to 23% for Leave.
- 1 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 2 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 3 Tory MP says policies no longer match 'principles on which millions have backed us'
- 4 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 5 George Osborne says it is 'game over' for Boris Johnson over free school meals
- 6 Andy Burnham could have been 'halfway through tenure as PM by now', claims commentator
- 7 Liz Truss to deliver speech rejecting 'Britain First' strategy ahead of US election
- 8 Danny Dyer praised for criticisms of Tory party - pointing out Etonians can't run the country
- 9 Minister sparks concerns about pig semen after Brexit
- 10 Brexit shambles: A stress of our own making
Most back a referendum on the exit deal, 63% compared to 18%.
Mr Kellner said the polling showed the chasm between Labour members and the leadership over its approach to Brexit.
"Labour supporters overwhelmingly back a new public vote and, in resisting this, the party's leadership is increasingly out of touch with its own voters," he said.
"If these findings emerged from a conventional poll of 1,000-2,000 respondents, findings relating to sub-samples should be regarded with caution.
"But this exceptionally large 10,000 sample survey contains more than 2,700 current Labour supporters, leaving no room for doubt about the size of the majority among them for a new public vote."
The 53% to 47% result in favour of remaining in the EU excludes those who do not know how they would vote or would not bother.
A no-deal scenario pushes the six-point margin to 12%, 56% Remain to 44% Leave, the study found.
Nearly three quarters, 73%, believe many of the promises made by the Leave campaign will be broken and 68% fear the UK will end up with a bad deal, with 64% ready to lay the blame on the government.
Labour's Chuka Umunna, who backs the People's Vote campaign, said: "Politicians of all sides are increasingly trapped inside red lines of their own making, but the momentum this summer is with the campaign for a people's vote as more and more people realise it's the only way to take back control of the process.
"It is clear from YouGov's findings that public opinion is moving behind a people's vote across the political spectrum.
"This poll shows that Labour voters overwhelmingly support a people's vote, putting them at odds with the party's official pro-Brexit position.
"The Labour Party must now do what its members and supporters and voters are crying out for: put clear red water between the opposition and the government, and provide leadership to the country by backing the People's Vote campaign."
10,121 adults were surveyed online between July 31 and August 7. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.