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Survey of 6000 people reveals that 65% of over 50s surveyed will vote for Brexit in the Referendum PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 March 2016

In the latest Barometer survey, survey respondents revealed that they have lost faith in the EU. In Harold Wilson’s 1975 Referendum on whether to stay in the EEC (or Common Market) over 67% of voters supported the Labour government's campaign to stay in the EEC. Today, we have a very different picture; if the over 50s were asked to vote today, Silversurfers Barometer survey with 6,000 participants found:

65% would vote to leave the EU
21% would vote to stay in the EU
14% are undecided

This means that as 86% of the over 50s have decided how they will vote, even if the 14% undecided swing in favour of the EU - over 50s Brexit supporters are likely to take the UK out of the EU.

Martin Lock, CEO of Silversurfers, said, “What is really fascinating is that the over 50s have changed their minds. They’ve lived with the EU (in all its forms) since 1972 and they’ve had enough! A staggering 33% who originally voted in favour of the EEC have lost their faith in the EU and now want to leave. It is widely recognised that the over 50s are the age group of voters who make the effort to vote. This means that it is possible that their votes could be the deciding factor on whether the UK stays in or out.”

Here are the top five reasons given by the over 50s survey respondents who want to Brexit:

93% - immigration controls
93% - interference from Brussels
82% - cost of the European Parliament
81% - protection of British sovereignty
74% - welfare and benefits

The Barometer survey also found that more men are likely to vote to leave the EU (70%) as opposed to women (62%) and women are twice as likely (17%) as men (8%) to be undecided. 84% of survey participants thought that ­­­David Cameron could have done better or failed to get a good deal for the UK and only 16% thought he had done as well as he could have done.

Interestingly, 21% of undecided voters are influenced by Boris Johnson’s views.

With the exception of Scotland (42% to leave, 40% to stay, and 18% undecided) all UK regions showed similar intentions about leaving the EU.

Martin Lock, CEO, commented: “With over 6,000 people responding to our survey, it is clear that the over 50s are pleased to have a new platform for their opinions. However, 42% stated that they did not have enough information to make a decision which means that there is still a huge opportunity to influence the overs 50s in the run up to the Referendum. Silversurfers’ new Barometer surveys give a voice to the over 50s and it looks like they will be a the deciding factor in whether we stay in or leave the EU.”

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