A recent BMG poll, conducted on behalf of Left Foot Forward, reveals that the majority of the public believe the UK should stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.

The poll, conducted between 9th and 12th January, asked a representative sample of 1513 adults the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with the following statements: “The UK should remain a member of the single market’”; and: “The UK should remain a member of the Customs Union”.

53% agreed the UK should remain in the Single Market, with just 14% disagreeing. Some 21% stated “neither agree or disagree” and a further 12% were unsure. With don’t knows removed, the figures stand at 60% in agreement and 16% against.

There is a significant difference in the preference of Conservative and Labour voters. Of those who reported backing Labour in the 2017 General Election, over two in three (69%) support – to some degree – staying in the single market, which compares to just under half (47%) of Conservative voters.

Unsurprisingly, those that voted leave in 2016 were much less likely to support the UK staying in the Single Market (40%), 36 percentage points fewer than the figure for remain voters (76%).

The poll also reveals similar levels of public support for the UK remaining a member of the Customs Union. 47% agreed that the UK should remain a member, with only 13% disagreeing to some extent. One in five (21%) selected ‘Neither agree nor disagree’ and a further 17% saying don’t know.

However, whilst the poll suggests strong support for the UK staying inside both arrangements, since the poll does not invite respondents to choose between the single market and potential trade-offs such as immigration control or financial contributions, readers should treat the results with a degree of caution.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.

The original article that reported on these results by Left Foot Forward can be found here.

Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.

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Dan Clarke – Research Intern

Robert Struthers – Senior Research Executive