Poll seized upon by Brexiteers actually shows Remain as most popular option
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A new poll Brexiteers have seized upon as showing the UK backs Brexit, actually reveals Remain is still the most popular option.
The poll, which was conducted by ComRes for a new Channel 5 documentary presented by Jeremy Vine, was heavily trailed by the presenter on his daytime television programme.
The headline figures from the survey of 26,000 people was reported as finding 50% wanted to leave the EU with 42% wanting to Remain. With 'don't knows' removed 54% would back Leave compared to 46% in support of Remain.
Vine claimed it was the "biggest survey since the referendum" and showed "whatever happens people do not want to stay".
The results have been shared by a number of prominent Brexiteers to counteract all of the latest polls which have pointed in the direction of Remain for some considerable time.
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But Anthony Wells, who works for rival pollster YouGov, said the polling came with "caveats" as it was a three-way poll.
He said it was an "unusual result" because every poll since mid-2017 has put Remain ahead.
He said the different methodology meant that it had given a different result - because it was adding together different Brexit options.
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"The reason is largely that some people who say they back leaving with a deal, will back remain if asked a straight remain/leave question," he tweeted.
The polling actually found that Remain is the strongest option with 42% of support, with support for a deal at 30% and no-deal Brexit support at 20%.
Wells added that there was "nothing fundamentally wrong" with the methodology, but he added a key part of a pollster's job should be to communicate the results with "proper caveats and explanations to allow people to understand it properly".
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