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Which argument will win the referendum – immigration, or the economy?

Hobolt, Sara and Wratil, Christopher (2016) Which argument will win the referendum – immigration, or the economy? LSE Brexit (21 Jun 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

On Thursday, British voters are asked to choose between remaining in or leaving the European Union. This choice may appear deceptively simple, but the issues are complex. The long and divisive referendum campaign has presented voters with a multitude of opposing arguments, facts and even falsehoods. But which arguments have resonated most with voters? Sara Hobolt and Christopher Wratil report on a unique survey which shows that immigration and the economy are perceived by the public to be the most prominent arguments in the campaign. Concerns about immigration and border control are most salient among Leave voters. In contrast, Remain voters are particularly swayed by the economic benefits of EU membership and the economic risks of Brexit. The all-important undecided voters, however, are less convinced by either of these arguments. Instead, they cite misinformation and scaremongering tactics, as well as distrust in politicians, as key reasons for remaining on the fence.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Collections > LSE Brexit
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 15:58
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/73072

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