‘Overwhelming majority’ of polls have backed Remain for the last two years
PUBLISHED: 16:06 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:14 20 October 2019
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A ‘poll of polls’ has found that the country’s survey responses have moved from majority Leave to Remain in late 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.
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Pollsters YouGov were asked to crunch the numbers of 300 polls by the Evening Standard, and found the "overwhelming majority" show a lead for Remain.
Two hundred and four out of 226 polls showed Remain in the lead, with 15 tied and just seven for Leave. Seventy four of those polls were taken in 2019, when only one poll favoured Leave.
The reality of public sentiment is in stark contrast to Boris Johnson's claims that the public just want to "get Brexit done", or indeed that we are gearing up for a 'people vs parliament' general election.
Anthony Wells, director of political research at YouGov, told the Evening Standard: "The polling evidence is concrete. The overwhelming majority of questions asking people if Brexit is right or wrong, or if they would now vote Remain or Leave, show a lead for Remain, and have done for over two years.
"The characterisation of the situation as people vs parliament doesn't really stand up when the public are split over Brexit. It is more a case of half the public vs half of parliament."
Remain lead began in late 2017 and now shows that aggregated polls taken in late 2019 show 53% for Remain.
Commenting, Best for Britain chief executive Naomi Smith said: "These findings are not surprising, but they highlight a hugely significant trend. Britain is now a Remain nation.
"As the claims spouted by the Leave side have unravelled of the past couple of years, support for the EU in this country has risen.
"With Britain now faced with Boris Johnson's undemocratic, cliff-edge Brexit, voters now want a final say to stop this madness once and for all."
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