1 in 4 Brexit voters believe they were misled by the Leave campaign

Boris Johnson campaigning in the EU referendumMatt Cardy / GettyHalf of all voters believe the Leave campaign was misleading.
  • A quarter of Leave voters believe they were misled by the Brexit campaign.
  • Many voters believe they will be made worse off over the coming years as a result of the vote to leaves.
  • Opinium poll suggests Remain would win a second EU referendum.
  • However, appetite for another vote remains low.

LONDON — One-in-four people who voted for Brexit believe they were misled by the Leave campaign, with almost one-in-ten now saying they would vote to Remain instead if a second EU referendum was called.

However, Theresa May’s government has since repeatedly refused to commit themselves to the pledge.

Half of all voters now say the Leave campaign, which promised voters £350m a week extra for the NHS, was mostly or completely misleading, with 19% describing it as truthful.

If there were another EU referendum, how would you vote? (Opinium)

  • Remain: 47%
  • Leave: 44%
  • Don’t know: 5%

The poll found that a significant number of voters have changed their mind since the referendum.

Among all those who expressed a preference, 52% of voters now say they would vote to Remain as opposed to 48% who would vote to Leave.

However, there is not yet overwhelming public demand for a second referendum. Just 39% said there should be another vote once the final terms of our exit have been negotiated, as opposed to 49% who said there shouldn’t.

Worse off without EU

The poll found significant concern that Brexit will leave voters financially worse off over the coming years. 39% of all voters and even 23% of Leave voters said they expect to be worse off over the coming two years as a result of Brexit.

The public was more evenly split on the effect over the long term with 31% saying they would be better off after 10 years and 30% saying they believed they would be worse off.

The poll also found support for a softer form of Brexit, than that currently being pursued by Prime Minister May.

36% said they would be willing for freedom of movement to continue if it meant staying inside the single European market, with 31% saying they would be willing to leave the single market as a price for ending free movement.

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