Despite the Liberal Democrats not making the anti-Brexit breakthrough that they hoped for in last month’s general election, one of the party’s key policies does have significant support.
The latest Survation poll, which put the Conservatives on 41%, Labour on 40% and the Liberal Democrats on 7%, found that 46% of telephone respondents said they would support a “terms” referendum, something that was a key part of the Tim Farron's campaign. On the other hand, 47% said they would oppose such a referendum, suggesting opinion is rather split. A previous Survation poll in June pointed to a 48% - 43% split in favour of a terms referendum, and one conducted in April pointed to a 46% to 39% split against a terms referendum.
What the poll shows is that, despite the strongly pro-EU parties such as the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP struggling in the election, there is significant support for a referendum on the terms of Brexit.
The poll also contained other questions on the EU and leaving the European Union.
On the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, 66% said this would be bad for Britain and 26% said it would be good for Britain.
However, when respondents were asked if the prime minister said that ‘“no deal” is better than the deal the EU has offered the UK, which of the following is closest to your view?’, 51% said they would accept her judgement ahead of the 44% in disagreement.
Side by side these questions tell an interesting tale. Respondents would prefer a deal to no EU deal, however, Theresa May’s judgement could alter their views on the issue.
The full results of the Survation poll, including other questions, can be found here.