17/11/2016

The UK's EU referendum Questionnaire.



I took questionnaires in London, Canterbury, Oxford, Boston in England and Glasgow, Edinburgh in Scotland. 69 people answered. I received the questionnaires in one month with polling day in between.

The questionnaire has five questions.
1, Do you agree that there should be a referendum about Britain leaving the EU.



Agree 47 (68%)
Public wanted one.
We should decide.
I don't want to do, but people want.
etc..

Disagree 22 (32%)
David Cameron used the referendum for the election the conservative party.
Not necesaly to do it.
etc...

People who checked "Disagree" all remained voters. They say "We don't need the referendum", but lever wanted it. David Cameron promised referendum already in 2013. At that time the opinion poll told us many people thought about Brexit more than people who would stay in EU.


2Do you think that the way the referendum is run is fair to both sides?
Fair 41 (63%)
Everyone had a voice free to vote.

Unfair 24 (37%)
Media biased toward the government.
Leave campaign was misinformed.
The government spent a lot of money for leaflets.

41 people answered fair, but 24 people responded "unfair". The reason people checked Unfair, I  understand. I believe BBC, Guadian, and Financial times are obviously pro remain. However "The Independent," told that "National press biased in favour of Brexit, says study Of the articles analysed 45 percent were in favour of leaving the EU while 27 percent were in favour of staying" Basically, I don't expect impartial for the media. We should understand that each media has their stance. Who can Judge neutral or partial objectively? It's impossible.

Brexit campaigner told that "If the UK left the EU, We could spend £350m-a-week for NHS" However it was misinformation.

On the other hand, David Cameron told that "We keep the immigrants under 100 thousand per year", but in May 2015 the fact is turned out that the net immigrants increased 330 thousand.

The government sent a leaflet about "The information for Remain" to all the houses in the UK. It cost 9.3 million. Many people criticised it. I agree on it.

3 What was the most important thing that made you want to vote?
・I believe UK is better in the EU.
・I really like the rights the EU gave to people such as workers rights etc..
・Immigration.
・I want to change the country.
・Because of Democracy.
...etc

4What information source had greatest influence on your decision.
(Check up to 3 boxes)


The most influenced information source is Internet. In order TV news, Discussions on TV programs, Newspapers or Magazines, By word of mouth from family, friends or neighbours.

The result is as I expected predictably. However, I was surprised that the people who checked "Other" filled like that "my own opinion.""My experience." and so on. I felt that it is a kind of British thinking. People 9 of 69 (13%) who answered so, they proud of their opinion. They don't want to be influenced by someone or environment. I remembered the word of Boris Johnson, "Take back control" he knew the British mind.

5If you don't mind, please indicate how you voted?

Mostly I took an interview in London, so that's why Remainer is much more than Leaver. About two third People who voted "remain" don't  disagree the referendum. After the referendum, a huge demonstration held in London.


"March for Europe" Post referendum huge demonstration in London



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