Brexit Survey Report – Why do we want to leave the EU?

Brexit Survey Report – Why do we want to leave the EU?

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On October 26 we posted a blog with a link to a questionnaire to try to find out why people voted for Brexit?. We promoted the blog on LinkedIn; 50Kimpressions, 19 Clicks and 0 reactions and Facebook; 10K impressions, 745 Clicks and 243 reactions. From all of this we have 64 comments from Brexiteers, 11 comments from ‘remainers’ and 12 people who completed the survey; thank you all.

Whilst twelve responses to a survey with a potential response group of 17 million has no real value we feel, that for those who completed it, the answers might be interesting. We provided five possible reasons for Brexiting with subsidiary questions and the opportunity for responders to state their own reasons if these were different. For those who completed the survey the most important reason for voting Brexit were:

  1. ‘Brussels’
  2. I’m tired of being a European
  3. Immigration
  4. The Government and finally
  5. The Economy.

See Annex A for details.

The issues identified on Facebook, see Annex B, express in a more open style the degree of emotion behind the Brexit vote.

hat have we learnt?

  1.  That the majority of the small group of people, in total around one hundred, who responded, voted from their hearts.
  2. That whilst referenda are excellent for finding out how people feel they are not necessarily the best means of resolving National issues like trade deficits.
  3. People are more prepared to participate in debate on social media than to respond to surveys!

Our goal was to try to find out why voters want to leave the EU in order to understand whether the Government’s focus on leaving to find new more profitable markets elsewhere, is the answer to the ‘right’ problem?

It appears, from the responses we received that most respondents want to Brexit for the sake of ‘Brexiting’. The Brexiteers it seems believe that the problems facing the UK are created by our membership of the EU. Therefore leaving will solve the Nation’s problems and the Government seems to agree.

Is this the ‘right’ problem? Certainly the way the people voted and many of our politicians feel about the EU; our membership is the problem. Once we have left everything will be OK!. Will it? Other member states make a ‘good living’ trading in the single market and outside of course, why can’t we? Is the problem our membership of the EU or is it us? If our economy was buoyant and there was money enough for all, would people be unhappy with Europe?  Will Brexit empower us to fix our economy or just make us free? We will see…

Thank you again for your help

George & Richard

 

 Annex A – Survey Results

 Brussels – my main reason for voting Brexit 

 

Answer Choices Responses

The Bureaucracy – we have no influence there 

75.00%

6

The cost of membership – the money would be better spent on the NHS

37.50%

3

Sovereignty – British Laws for British people 

75.00%

6

The Human Rights Act – It’s only good for foreigners

37.50%

3

Responses

Other (please specify)

37.50%

3

Total Respondents: 8

 

Their forced federalist agenda

11/3/2016 9:10 PM View respondent’s answers

Also corruption and wasting money.

11/1/2016 10:22 PM View respondent’s answers

During the last forty years the EU has always moved in the direction of collectivism, never in the long run so as to give opportunity to individuals.

11/1/2016 4:37 PM View respondent’s answers

 

I’m tired of being a European – my main reason for voting Brexit

 

Answer Choices Responses

I’m British and proud of it

60.00%

3

I believe we can be ‘great’ again on our own

20.00%

1

We are, and will always be, an Island Nation

40.00%

2

I just wanted a change

0.00%

0

Responses

Other (please specify)

40.00%

2

Total Respondents: 5

 

 

Never felt European

11/3/2016 9:10 PM View respondent’s answers

The EU is anyway either going to break up or turn into a neo-Soviet Union (which will in the end break up, probably violently). The chances of a peaceful break-up are greater if the United Kingdom leaves soon and shows the other states who are fearful of leaving the way.

11/1/2016 4:37 PM View respondent’s answers

 

Immigration – my main reason for voting Brexit

 

Answer Choices Responses

They get better benefits

0.00%

0

I can’t understand them

0.00%

0

EU workers take our jobs

0.00%

0

Social issues like overcrowding in schools, pubs, shops, etc

57.14%

4

Responses

Other (please specify)

71.43%

5

Total Respondents: 7

 

Showing 5 responses

Freedom of movement is unsustainable, people will go where they will do best, this country is confined by sea, unchecked people will just keep coming until this country has got so bad, they will move to another country that can offer more, what of us natives who are left

11/3/2016 9:10 PM View respondent’s answers

To stop people coming to Britain and using our health service for everything and not paying anything in. this does not happen to us when travelling in Europe. You have to show your insurance or no treatment.

11/2/2016 10:22 PM View respondent’s answers

This wasn’t a reason for my voting Leave. Leaving the EU on its own will have little effect on immigration.

11/1/2016 4:37 PM View respondent’s answers

I don’t want this country to lose its farms & wild places to roads & housing developments for an ever expanding population

10/31/2016 6:23 PM View respondent’s answers

Its madness to think that we can integrate 330,000 new people a year.

10/30/2016 8:52 PM View respondent’s answers

 

 

The Government – my main reason for voting Brexit

 

Answer Choices Responses

My voice has no value; well it does now

50.00%

3

I feel the Government doesn’t care about anything North of Watford

66.67%

4

I trust the politicians who campaigned for Brexit

0.00%

0

I don’t like being told what to do

0.00%

0

Responses

Other (please specify)

16.67%

1

Total Respondents: 6

 

I don’t like our laws being dictated by the eu.

11/2/2016 10:22 PM View respondent’s answers

 

The Economy – my main reason for voting Brexit

 

Answer Choices Responses

I’m unemployed and can’t get a job

0.00%

0

I’m on a ‘no hour’s contract’ so have no security

0.00%

0

I can’t afford to buy a house

0.00%

0

The ‘food bank’ is keeping us going

0.00%

0

Living wage Ha Ha!

16.67%

1

Need to cut the deficit

33.33%

2

Responses

Other (please specify)

50.00%

3

Total Respondents: 6

 

Showing 3 responses

Fear we will be forced to join the euro currency

11/4/2016 10:50 AM View respondent’s answers

I disagree with the European strategy to harmonize all member countries’ economies.

11/3/2016 9:10 PM View respondent’s answers

The disastrous effect the impositions of the EU have had on the economies of some countries, e.g. Spain and Greece.

11/1/2016 4:37 PM View respondent’s answers

 

A different reason for voting Brexit

 

My mother in law voted Brexit to reduce number of Muslims coming to the country.

11/3/2016 10:56 AM View respondent’s answers

Ultimately I see it as a **

11/1/2016 4:37 PM View respondent’s answers

Many, many reasons ranging from the duplicity of the EU commission, the unevenness of the EU, the EU is in serious trouble financially. The protectionist policy of CAP, the destruction of our fishing industry, the jobs lost because of EU policies; too many reasons to mention. British net contributors supporting countries that should never have been allowed to join under the EU’s fiscal policies and only saw it as a passport to wealthier EU countries. I could go on and on.

10/30/2016 8:52 PM View respondent’s answers

 

Annex B – Facebook Comments

 The following comments were made by people who read the Blog on Facebook

The Government

I know exactly why I voted to leave and I don’t need a pontificating pseudo intellectual telling me and 17.4 million others that we didn’t know what we were voting for. I am a fairly mild mannered man, I don’t resort to swearing or degenerating to the point of gratuitously insulting people but if the self-styled “political elite” don’t start grasping that far from being elite they put themselves up for election to represent the people, not themselves, they work for the electorate and in everybody’s interests they had better start reflecting the democratic result otherwise there is a real risk of major rifts developing in society and real extremists coming to the fore. Their stupidity and arrogance is already creating a lot of unnecessary unrest. Once the die was cast people should have got behind the decision and not created the impression that the EU has of division and weakness. Despite our many flaws one of the things among many that made this country and its citizens great was our determination, our will to win tempered by our tolerance and willingness to support the underdog and those that need our help. The world is our oyster the blighted EU potentially our graveyard.

PS After today’s ruling in the (High) court get ready for civil war if parliament can’t respect the peoples decision. Then it’s the people’s right to remove the parliament

It is quite clear why we voted Leave! More self-interested control freaks that can’t understand that a great many people don’t agree with you or how you think we should be governed. The people of Sunderland are a great example of those who feel disenfranchised and spoke out even at the risk of losing Nissan !
We haven’t got any plan so nobody really knew what they were voting for.

The Labour nutters who since being led by the War Criminal opened the borders to uncontrolled immigration and this same will continue under your present Trotskyite leader, this has been compounded by weak idiotic leaders like Major and Cameron who let millions of EU migrants come here and have access to our Welfare State and its Benefits. We are not the ones who are destroying our Welfare State, we build it and keep it going with our money and talk the time those self-serving, bollockless shits in Parliament are letting all these new migrants using and abusing to our cost.

The EU

Thank goodness we are leaving the sinking ship, that is the EU… don’t let it pull us down;  get out ASAP !!

The organisation, called the EU, is imploding before our eyes. It has caused chaos in Greece, Spain, and Portugal. It is corrupt, and unaccountable. The sooner (we get) out the better.

Let’s put it this way without British money  in the pot Europe is finally going to have to change or go under and I think under unfortunately. We can never be as one; too many egos and cultures,

I voted to leave the EU because I believe the EU is a racist club that brainwashes its member state inhabitants. (just take a look at the far left activists) The EU is racist because it favours predominantly white Europeans over non EU citizens around the world. Therefore a racist club. Last year non EU migration to the UK from 7billion people was 277,000 From 0.5 billion within the EU, the migration to the UK was 270,000. The EU population is unlimited and each year the figures coming to the UK are unknown, therefore how is any government going to be able to plan how much infrastructure and service requirements are needed when they won’t even know the figures coming to the UK.! This is why a controlled system needs to be put in place so that the UK can control the flow and also put a stop to migration from those that are taking advantage of the UK benefits System!

Immigration

This is what happens with open borders.. and it will get worse. Paris is under siege… http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/727862/Migrant-crisis-club-wielding-refugees-running-battles-Stalingrad-Metro-Paris

I’ll tell you why I voted out. I am pissed off with all the immigrants taking all the benefits; all they want is free hand-out

Tired on being a European

You know why we voted you shameless charlatan hack. To be an independent nation again. In charge of our own borders again

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Remain

 

Yeah, yeah – people that disagree are whiners with no balls – good grief, no intelligent arguments or discussion – just straight into the usual insults. By demeaning strangers personally you don’t make your case, you are just shown to be a divisive smirker who thinks that a small majority gained by lying gets them all their own way in a democracy and that there’s now no need to even consider the 63% of the country that didnt vote for this mess. We honestly disagree with what’s going on in this country we love but you want to deny us even the freedom to voice opinions to social media friends. You may be full of triumph now but it will be a hollow victory – arrogant victories won by lies always are.

 You keep saying you know why you voted out, SO tell us. WE won’t laugh at you, we remoaners are too angry to laugh. You shit for brains have got us out of the biggest market in the world, and left us in the clutches of the most corrupt government this country has ever had. DID you do it to stop immigration, well you won’t get that, or did you do it for democracy. AGAIN you won’t get that with the Tory’s, Or to save the NHS by giving it a blood transfusion of 350 million a week, well you know now you’re not going to get that either, SO what about world trade you leavers talked about? WELL that can take anything up to 10 years to set up, what do we do in the meantime? Get taken over by crooked Americans or become part of a CHINESE conglomerate, And finally will you tell me WHAT BRITAIN has to trade since the Tory’s have sold everything worth selling already?

                                                                                                               

 Miscellaneous

 

Not a case of being afraid, I know exactly why I voted the way I did and would vote the same way again without hesitation. There are clearly movements that would like to gain a chance to overturn the outcome of the vote by any devious means. This looks like an attempt at gathering information to be used to discredit the case for leaving the EU. Why are they not interested in why people voted to remain? This poll is not the government asking is it?

66% didn’t vote remain, 100% didn’t vote to join the EU ‘superstate’. Admit it, no majority could be bigger than your ego!

Logical people like logical answers; being on the winning side of a vote isn’t an answer or a solution. It’s like saying a guilty verdict is proof of guilt without any reasoning as to the conclusion

How can the government advise of their plans before the EU start talking? Junker hopes the longer he delays the start, more remainers will attempt to stop Brexit

 

Why are you afraid of telling people why you voted “leave”? Unless they know, they can only guess what needs to be done to satisfy you (if that’s possible).

So far there hasn’t been a glimmer of real hope for Brexit. It’s all predicated on Brexit mythology this will magically solve itself. OK, how? Be the world’s first Brexit supporter to provide a plausible answer.

 

If you don’t know why we voted out then you are obviously to bloody stupid to be asking the question

I never realized that so many Brits were so undemocratic. We voted OUT !!! Why are we still in and paying the fees?

 

STOP ASKING THE FUCKING QUESTION …. IM FULLY HAPPY AND WILL NOT CHANGE MY MIND … EVEN FOR ALL THE MONEY FROM THE EU …. JUST FUCK OFF ALREADY

I know when no means no and the quicker you get it through your thick head the better. You lot get over it and stop crying like a spoilt kid that’s lost it’s dummy

No Surrender https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1794270124179241&set=p.1794270124179241&type=3

Who the hell is ala international ? The vote has been cast and Brexit won. Why is it that stupid organisations like this pop up all over the place raking through the coals of a dead issue. Piss off back to whatever propagandist pays you to put this pish on Facebook.

Democracy is an ongoing and evolving thing otherwise its fascism

 

 

 

 

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