Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Half of Voters Want a General Election This Year, Says Our Poll; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Half of Voters Want a General Election This Year, Says Our Poll; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

A MAJORITY of Britons want a general election this year, according to an exclusive new poll which also suggested if there was a second referendum now Remain would win comfortably.

The BMG Research survey for the Standard showed 52 per cent of adults want an election after the Tories have chosen a new leader and Prime Minister -- with 32 per cent against such a move. The poll also found that: If there was a second referendum now, Remain would gain 45 per cent backing, compared with 40 per cent for Out, with 15 per cent "don't knows" or "prefer not to say".

Thirteen per cent of Leavers regret their decision to some degree, with around a third of them saying they would change the way they voted.

But six out of 10 people are against a second referendum.

Nearly two thirds believe they were misled by the Leave campaign's flagship pledge to give the NHS PS350 million which it claimed was being sent every week to Brussels.

The pollsters recontacted more than 1,000 people who took part in a June 23 survey to see whether their opinions had changed following the economic rollercoaster and political turmoil unleashed by the Brexit vote.

More than six out of 10 Remainers want a general election within the next seven months, as do more than four out of 10 Leavers and over half of those who did not vote.

Among people aged 18 to 24, more than 70 per cent want the next PM to go to the country to get a fresh mandate, and 60 per cent of 25- to 34-year-olds -- but just 40 per cent of those aged 65 and over do. The poll also found that five per cent of people who voted Leave on June 23 would now do the opposite, and two per cent who backed In would switch sides.

Slightly more than one in eight Leavers regret their decision to some degree, with a third saying they would change their vote. …

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