Our poll re­veals Brexit is win­ning over Kent vot­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Paul Fran­cis

More Kent vot­ers want the UK to leave the EU than stay – and con­trol­ling im­mi­gra­tion is the key is­sue for sup­port­ing Brexit.

An ex­clu­sive poll for the KM Group has in­di­cated that 57% of likely vot­ers in the his­toric ref­er­en­dum will back leav­ing the EU.

The poll findings come as both sides in the campaign make their fi­nal push for votes ahead of next Thurs­day’s poll. Our sur­vey found: 57% of those likely to vote or will vote want to leave

58% of those who favour “Brexit” say im­mi­gra­tion is the most im­por­tant is­sue

The econ­omy and jobs were rated as most im­por­tant for those want­ing to stay (47%)

Ten MPs will vote dif­fer­ently to their con­stituents - in­clud­ing Ash­ford MP Damian Green and Folke­stone and Hythe MP Damian Collins, who both back stay- ing in.

Turnout could be as high as 91%

Our sur­vey sug­gests that Boris John­son and Nigel Farage are the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures for Brex­i­teers

The Bank of Eng­land, UK busi­ness lead­ers and the Bank’s gov­er­nor Mark Car­ney are the main in­flu­ences for those who plan to vote to re­main.

Of those who said they would not vote, one in four said it was be­cause they did not know enough.

The sur­vey also points to a sig­nif­i­cant gen­er­a­tion gap, with those aged 55-plus sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to vote to quit the EU ( 65%) than re­main.

Younger peo­ple – those aged be­tween 35 and 54 – are, in con­trast, more likely to want the UK to re­main in the EU by a mar­gin of 55% to 45%.

How­ever, the poll re­veals that 17% are still un­de­cided about how to vote, sug­gest­ing there could be a more even split be­tween in the county on June 23.

The sur­vey was con­ducted by the Ash­ford-based com­pany Facts In­ter­na­tional and in­volved tele­phone in­ter­views with 1,001 peo­ple across the county.

The most Euro-scep­tic area is Sit­ting­bourne and Shep­pey, where 62% favour leav­ing the EU; fol­lowed by North Thanet (58%) and Chatham and Ayles­ford (57%).

And the most Europhile part of the county is Sevenoaks where 54% of those sur­veyed backed stay­ing in.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4251662

Our sur­vey sug­gests that Boris John­son, along with Nigel Farage, are the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures for the Brexit campaign

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