Poll shows support in East Devon for EU Remain vote

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 June 2016

The EU Referendum takes place on June 23. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

The EU Referendum takes place on June 23. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

A survey of people in Exmouth ahead of the upcoming EU referendum has shown a majority of support for Remain, writes Sean Keywood.

The East Devon Labour Party carried out a straw poll of passers-by in Exmouth, Topsham and Sidmouth town centres on Saturday, June 4.

In Exmouth, out of 190 participants, 79 (41.6 per cent) said they were for the UK remaining in the EU, against 59 (31 per cent) for Leave, and 52 (27.4 per cent) undecided.

In Topsham, support for staying in the EU was greater, with 133 (63 per cent) out of 210 respondents for Remain, against 50 (24 per cent) for Leave, and 27 (13 per cent) undecided.

In Sidmouth, out of 154 respondents, the result was 72 (46 per cent) for Remain, against 55 (35.7 per cent) for Leave, and 27 (17.5 per cent) undecided.

The East Devon Labour Party said that during the campaign it had seen a reduction in the number of undecided voters, and an increase in support for Remain.

Party member Ray Davison said: “It was a non-party straw poll open to all members of the public who happened to pass our ballot stand and wanted to participate.

“They were encouraged to vote, but not for any particular option and hardly any were Labour Party members.

“We did engage in debate, but only if that was requested - we wanted to test opinion.”

The Labour Party is officially campaigning for a Remain vote.

The referendum will take place on June 23.

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