A recent BMG poll has found that voters prefer the Tories over Labour – by a margin of 26 points – as the party best able to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU.
The poll also finds that Theresa May’s party is favoured by a plurality of support from both remain and leave supporters, as well as significant minorities of those who reported voting for parties other than the Conservatives in 2015.
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The poll asked voters: “In your opinion, which party is best able to handle Brexit?” One in three (36%) saw the Conservatives as best able to handle the UK’s negotiations with the EU, with only 10% of respondents opting for Labour. UKIP was the third most popular choice, preferred by 9% of respondents. 16% stated that no party was best able to handle the negotiations and one in four (25%) answered don’t know.
Only 2% stated that the Liberal Democrats were best able to negotiate Brexit, the same number as selected the Green Party.
Although significantly more leave voters (46%) selected the Conservatives than remain supporters, the Government was still favoured by a plurality of remain voters (33%).
The vast majority (80%) of those who reported voting Conservative in 2015 saw the Conservatives as the party best able to handle the negotiations. By contrast, only 30% of self-reported 2015 Labour voters selected the Labour party as best able to do so, with 16% selecting the Conservatives. Similarly, only 13% of 2015 Liberal Democrat voters stated that the Lib Dems were the best able, with almost double that number (25%) opting for the Conservatives.
Worryingly for UKIP, who usually perform strongly on questions relating to the issue of Europe, only 52% of their 2015 supporters stated that UKIP was best able to lead the negotiations, with one in four (25%) opting for the Conservatives.
Remain Leads by 2 points
Also in this release, BMG’s latest EU Referendum voting intention results show a slight lead for Remain.
EU Referendum Voting Intention (Oct 2016)
- Remain – 45%
- Leave – 43%
- DK/PNTS – 12%
Note: Shares may not add to 100% due to rounding.
Excluding don’t knows this puts Remain on 51% and Leave on 49%.
Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.
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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Lauren Harris – Senior Research Executive
Robert Struthers – Graduate Research Executive