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Research on a 'Brexit' shows age split

Michelle Harrison

CEO Kantar Public

Policy 26.01.2015 / 15:02

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53% of Brits aged 55 and above want to leave EU

Research by Kantar's TNS has revealed the UK is split on whether to stay in Europe, with 37% of people saying we should stay in the EU and 40% saying we should leave.

There are big differences in age, young people feel much more favourably towards the EU, 50% of people aged 18-34 years want to stay, whereas, 53% of people aged 55 and above want to leave.

The top two things about Europe that concern Brits the most are immigration (58%) and judicial interference (41%). These worries are underpinned by a feeling that the UK has less influence in the EU than other member countries of a similar size (47% of people agree).

Only 14 percent of voters think Cameron can renegotiate Britain's terms successfully.

Source : Kantar TNS

Editor's Notes

These findings were unveiled during a presentation by Dr Michelle Harrison, Head of Political and Social Research at Kantar's TNS, at an event in Davos hosted by Kantar's parent company: WPP and Thomson Reuters on Wednesday 21st January.

TNS Omnibus interviewed a representative sample of 1,201 adults in Great Britain between 6th and 8th January 2015, and a sample of 1,194 adults in Great Britain between 4th and 8th December 2014. All interviews were conducted as online self-completion. The data was weighted to match population totals for age, sex, social grade, working status, presence of children, 2010 voting patterns and region. Polling was supported by findings from  focus groups.

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