The latest Survation poll, prepared for the Mail on Sunday, suggests that there is more of a public demand for a soft Brexit than a hard one.
The polling company asked voters, “In light of the General Elections result, which of the following do you prefer?”
In total, 37.3% said they favour a hard Brexit compared to 42.3% who said they would prefer a soft Brexit.
Unsurprisingly, younger people were more inclined to say they would back a soft Brexit than a hard Brexit. Furthermore, a majority of Conservative and UKIP voters said they would rather see a hard Brexit than a soft Brexit. The opposite was true for Labour and Liberal Democrat respondents.
When voters were split by how they voted in the 2016 EU referendum, the majority of remain voters supported a soft Brexit (69.5%), and the clear majority of leave voters backed a hard Brexit (64.6%). Crucially however, a significant number on either side supported the opposite view. A total of 14.7% of remain voters said they would like a hard Brexit while 16.8% of leave voters said they want a soft Brexit. This shows that while a new political language about the dichotomy of Leavers versus Remainers has emerged, not everyone who voted one way or the other voted for the same reasons.
There will have a been a significant minority of leavers who voted with the hope that links such as the customs union and single market would be retained, and remainers who cast their ballots hoping that they would stay but reforms would be made.
When the Brexit deal is made, the government should strongly consider this.
The full results of the poll can be found here.
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