British voters are showing very few signs of regretting the decision to leave the European Union, one of the country’s leading pollsters has said.
Professor John Curtice of the British Polling Council said there was little evidence of “buyer’s remorse” from voters despite pro-EU activists hoping to overturn or ignore the result.
He added that twice as many people oppose the idea of holding a second referendum as support it, with the main division in the country now over what Britain should aim to get out of Brexit negotiations.
“The Remainers are still convinced they were right and the Leavers still think they were right. Very few minds have been changed,” Professor Curtice said.
However, one thing that does appear to unite voters is the desire to stop paying into Brussels after Brexit, with just 13 per cent wanting Britain to continue contributing to the EU budget.
The Telegraph reports that Professor Matthew Goodwin of the University of Kent added that analysis of voting patterns from the referendum showed “profound value differences” between Leave and Remain voters.
For example, those who say they oppose feminism and the LGBT agenda voted 80 per cent for Leave, with 76 per cent of those who support bring back the death penalty also voting Leave.
Professor Goodwin also said that the left, especially the Labour Party, failed to appreciate the many traditional Labour supporters voted Leave not just because they felt economically left behind, but also because they opposed mass immigration and felt their national identity was under threat.
The analysis pours cold water on the hopes of Remain supporters that the Brexit result could be reversed in a second referendum.
Since Britain voted to Leave, pro-EU activists have taken to the streets to protest the result, calling on the government to ignore the vote and keep Britain in the EU.
The protests have been dwindling in size, however, and recent calls by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron for another referendum were rebuffed by other senior figures in the Europhile party.
Former Business Secretary Vince Cable, who backed a Remain vote, said the idea was “disrespectful” to the electorate and “politically counter-productive”.