Curtice: How voters want Brexit to be sorted out


MPs wishes soon decide the fate of Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

In the coming hours, there are bound to be many claims about why they should struggling against odds or reject the deal, which was struck late last year with the European Fusing.

But what do voters want MPs to do? And what do they think should transpire if the deal is rejected?

An unpopular deal

Polls suggest the deal has not certified popular with the public.

YouGov has asked people whether they prop or oppose it on no fewer than 11 occasions since it was first uncovered in mid-November.

Never have more than 27% said that they subsidize the deal, while at least 42% have always said they are against it.

Other votes show a similar pattern.

Opinium found only one in 10 believes the deal is good for the UK, while as many as half believe it is bad.

Ipsos MORI has clock in only a quarter think it would be a good thing for the UK to leave the EU on the assumptions agrees of the deal. More than six in 10 believe it would be a bad thing.

It is peradventure unsurprising then that many more voters say MPs should repulse the deal than believe they should back it.

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Leave and Remain

Not only do Remain fans seem inclined to reject the deal, but Leave voters do as well.

In its late-model polls, YouGov has found an average of 30% of Leave voters subsidize the deal, while 47% are opposed to it.

This arguably makes it grimmer for the PM to say that her deal fulfils the expectations of those who voted Leave in the referendum.

That guessed, many voters have not made up their mind about the practise on offer.

YouGov is still finding that about three in 10 motionlessly do not know whether they support it or not, well after the deal was debauched.

This suggests some voters could yet be won round to Mrs May’s proposal.

No great amount or a ‘public vote’?

While Remain and Leave voters appear to bar the Brexit deal, they are split over what should be done as an alternative.

Opinium has repeatedly asked voters which of five possible way outs should be pursued if Parliament were to reject the current deal.

Not anyone of the options comes close to being backed by a majority.

The most well-liked every time – backed on average by just over a quarter – has been to pull out without a deal at all.

Meanwhile, the second most popular option each on one occasion – supported by just over a fifth – has been to hold a “public come out for” on whether to accept the deal or to stay in the EU.

While these options utilize similar levels of support, they come from very odd voter groups.

Leaving without a deal is easily the single most in fashion option among those who voted Leave, chosen by an average of 46%.

Take a “public vote” on the deal, with an option to stay in the EU, is favoured bulk backers of Remain, 38% of whom pick this option.

Notwithstanding how, other courses of action also gain support.

Fifteen per cent of all voters single out attempting to negotiate a better deal, while 12% back Elbow-grease’s preferred option of holding a general election.

A further 9% sustain a different “public vote” in which the choice would be either Mrs May’s sell or leaving the EU without one.

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Do voters want another referendum?

The idea of a aide-de-camp Brexit vote has attracted particular interest in recent weeks, sometimes non-standard due ti not least to a high-profile campaign.

However, public support for the idea depends on how the figures question is worded.

Polls asking whether there should be a “obvious” or “people’s vote” – without specifying what the options would be – typically determine to be that the idea is relatively popular.

For example, Survation found that 48% frame holding a “people’s vote” to gauge the public’s reaction to the deal, while 34% are opposed.

Similarly, Populus detailed that 44% believe the public should have the “final say” on the reckon with via a “people’s vote”, while just 30% are against this.

No matter what, when voters are asked about holding another referendum that capacity have the effect of reversing Brexit, the proposal attracts less boost.

ComRes has reported as many as 50% oppose “holding a second referendum on whether to Residue or Leave”, with only 40% in favour.

Similarly, according to polling commissioned by Nobleman Ashcroft, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative party, 47% are against enfolding a “second referendum”, while 38% are in favour.

In that scenario, voters make choose between leaving the EU under the terms of Mrs May’s deal and remaining in the EU.

The language of the poll question seems to make a significant difference, particularly to Time off voters.

Putting “the people” in charge of Brexit appeals to some Leavers, but a ballot which could potentially upset the decision does not.

Broadly, the idea of another referendum appears as questionable to voters as Brexit itself continues to be.

When it comes to how people say they would ticket if there were another referendum, the country still appears rather evenly divided.

Remain, with an average score of 53% is use to advantaging just a narrow lead over Leave, which scored 47% in the most up to date polls.

About this piece

Sir John Curtice is professor of diplomacy at Strathclyde University, senior fellow at NatCen Social Research and The UK in a Switching Europe. He is also chief commentator at

Edited by Eleanor Lawrie

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