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European Union membership - trends

Published:30 November 2012
Fieldwork:1977 - 2012
Keywords:EU, Europe, Referendums
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Q If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should stay in or get out of the European Union, how would you vote?

Base: All All expressing an opinion
  Stay in
Get out
Don't
know
Stay in
Get out
  % % % % %
October 1977† 47 42 11 53 47
24 May 1978†
43
48
9
47
53
29 March 1979† 32 60 8 35 65
March 1980† 26 65 8
29 71
19-23 March 1981†
33
58
9
36
64
March 1983† 36 55 9 40 60
7-8 June 1984†
45
44
11
51
49
12-16 September 1987† 47 39 13 55 45
1989†
60
29
11
67
33
November 1990† 62 28 9 68 32
21 June 1991†
63
27
10
70
30
4-5 December 1991‡ 60 29 11 67 33
5-6 June 1992‡
52
35
13
60
40
10-13 June 1992*
53
32
16
62
38
21-25 October 1993* 46 39 15 54 46
11-30 April 1994 52 36 12 59 41
23-26 May 1996** 44 39 17 53 47
27-29 November 1996** 44 40 16 52 48
15 April 1997** 40 40 19 50 50
25-28 April 1997 44 41 15 52 48
2-3 October 1997** 44 37 19 54 46
13-14 November 1997** 49 35 16 58 42
25-30 June 1998** 47 40 13 54 46
21-24 May 1999 44 39 17 53 47
10-11 June 1999 41 37 22 53 47
13-14 October 1999 51 41 8 55 45
27-29 October 1999
42
45
13
48
52
22-27 June 2000 53 32 15 62 38
29-30 September 2000 43 46 11 48 52
24-25 November 2000 49 44 7 53 47
15-21 March 2001 39 42 19 48 52
30 April -1 May 2001 48 43 9 53 47
22 May 2001 43 41 16 51 49
20-22 June 2003 49 41 10 54 46
20-22 September 2007 51 39 10 56 44
22-24 October 2011
41 49
10
46
54
10-13 November 2012
44 48
8
48 52

†Asked as "...stay in or get out of the Common Market..."
‡Asked as "I would like to ask you about Britain's role in the European Community. If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should stay in or get out of the European Community, how would you vote?"
*Asked as "...stay in or get out of the European Community (Common Market)..."
**Asked as "...stay in or get out of the European Union (Common Market)..."

Base: c. 500-2,000 GB adults aged 18+ except 1981 (Base: 1,990 GB adults aged 15+)

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