Findings released from EU UK referendum survey

We are delighted to share the results from this survey of citizens across EU member states, seeking their views on the crucial questions around the forthcoming EU UK referendum. 

Researchers from The University of Edinburgh, Dr Jan Eichhorn and Dr Dan Kenealy, together with Christine Hübner from German think tank d|part, surveyed more than eight thousand people in six EU member states – Germany, France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Spain. 

The findings showed that nearly half of Germans surveyed are in favour of a post-Brexit UK staying in this trading bloc, but only a quarter of French respondents agreed. 

People in Poland and Ireland are also sympathetic with 50 per cent and 41 per cent respectively backing continued trade in the single market – but most Swedes who were questioned remain undecided. 

Report author Dr Jan Eichhorn said: “The upcoming EU referendum provides an opportunity to engage with people’s views on the UK and their involvement in the EU across the whole continent. Our survey shows a willingness to reform the EU, but less so for an individual country to gain exceptional treatment.”

The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK in a Changing Europe programme and was conducted under the auspices of AQMeN. 

Read the full report of the survey findings

View the methods note

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jan Eichhorn
Dan Kenealy
Christine Hübner
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