Tory Voters Tell Cameron ‘we want a referendum’
A new ComRes poll for the EU Referendum Campaign, published today, shows that a large majority of Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters want their parties to commit to a referendum on continued EU membership.
In a week that has seen controversy over the UK’s exposure to a bailout of the Portuguese economy, the poll also found that fully two-thirds of the public oppose Britain contributing financially to it.
James Pryor, Chief Executive of the EU Referendum Campaign, said “Again, our polls show the disconnect between the politicians and the people. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg should seriously consider asking their own parties how they feel on an in/out referendum. I am not sure whether it is sheer arrogance or just plain stupidity to ignore the wishes of their own supporters. What are they afraid of?”
Andrew Hawkins, Chairman of ComRes, said “The EU undoubtedly has a major image problem. Fewer than one in three people feel Britain gets a good deal from being a member of the EU and almost half regard the EU as ‘fundamentally undemocratic’. These are problems that, unless addressed, will be left to fester in the minds of the electorate.”
I want my party to commit to a referendum on continued EU membership
Don’t know: 12%
(Conservative (63%) and Liberal Democrat voters (66%) are more likely than Labour voters (48%) to say that they want their party to commit to a referendum on continued EU membership.)
The EU is fundamentally undemocratic
Don’t know: 19%
Britain gets a good deal from being a member of the EU
Don’t know: 16%
If more Eurozone Countries like Portugal need bailouts then Britain should contribute to them
Don’t know: 8%
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2033 GB adults online on 24-26 March 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules