7 in 10 Labour voters think the UK was wrong to vote to leave the EU

A new YouGov/Times survey indicates that 70% of Labour voters think the UK made the wrong decision two years ago.

The poll, conducted between the 12th and 13th February suggests that 46% of all voters think the UK made the wrong decision on 23rd June 2016. In contrast, 42% said the UK made the right decision. Compared to the last time this question was asked by YouGov, the gap has widened slightly.

The headline figures will likely be highlighted by remainers as a sign that things are changing in their favour, but the most interesting aspects of the poll are the party-specific figures.

Out of all Labour voters surveyed, based on what they know now 70% said the UK had made the wrong decision while just 23% said the UK had made the right decision.

This comes shortly after HuffPost reported that 17,000 Labour members had written emails to Labour asking it to consult its base about Brexit.

Additionally, 81% of Labour voters also said they thought that Brexit negotiations were going badly. Furthermore, 68% of Conservative voters said they thought the UK had made the right decision to leave the EU while 76% of Liberal Democrat voters said the UK had made the wrong decision.

As for voting intentions, the poll also put the Labour Party one percentage point ahead of the Conservatives (41% - 40%) similar to a BMG/Independent poll released shortly before this one. However, when it came to who voters think would make the best prime minister, just 29% said Jeremy Corbyn compared to Theresa May’s 36%.

Overall, headline voting intention has barely shifted since last June’s election, and the retrospective feelings about the decision to leave the EU have more or less been split evenly in that time, but as pressure mounts on Labour to have a clearer set of Brexit policies, this poll and others like it could help them shift towards a softer position.

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The full results of the YouGov/Times poll can be accessed here. Data was collected between the 12th and 13th February 2018.