Pro-Brexit newspaper puts spin on 8% Remain poll lead

PUBLISHED: 17:47 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:51 26 April 2019

A pro-Brexit newspaper has put spin on an 8% remain poll lead. (PA/Kirsty O'Connor)

A pro-Brexit newspaper has put spin on an 8% remain poll lead. (PA/Kirsty O'Connor)

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A survey has found that Remain now have an 8% lead over Leave, but one newspaper has put a pro-Brexit spin on its headline.

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The two Telegraph headlines reporting an 8% poll lead for remain. Picture: TelegraphThe two Telegraph headlines reporting an 8% poll lead for remain. Picture: Telegraph

The European Parliament Spring Eurobarometer polls people Europe-wide for attitudes towards the union.

It found that while 45% of UK respondents would vote to remain today, just 37% would vote to leave, giving Remain an 8% lead.

The other 18% of respondents were unsure.

While reporting a wide range of the survey's findings, the Telegraph headlined the story: “Less than half of Britons would vote Remain in new Brexit referendum, EU polling finds.”

Its Brexit live blog, published in the afternoon, framed it similarly: “Less than half of Britons would back staying in EU - with no majority for any outcome, poll suggests”

The piece continued: “If there was to be another referendum, the side who could win over the undecided voters would prove victorious.”

The Eurobarometer survey continued to note that across the EU as a whole, 68% would vote to Remain in a referendum, and 68% also felt that member states, on balance, benefit from membership.

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For UK respondents, 54% felt that the country has benefited from membership of the EU - lower than the EU average but almost double the percentage in 2010, which stood at just 27%.

However, 57% of UK respondents feel that the EU is heading in the wrong direction, and less than a third felt that their voice counts in the EU.

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