'Leave' 10 points ahead in ORB poll on Britain's EU referendum

Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:31pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - The "Leave" camp was 10 points ahead of "Remain" with less than two weeks to go before Britain's referendum on whether to stay in the European Union, according to a poll by ORB for The Independent newspaper published on Friday.

It was the biggest lead enjoyed by those wanting Britain to quit the 28-member bloc since the poll series started a year ago, The Independent said.

Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to leave the world's largest free trading area, a decision with far-reaching implications for politics, the economy, trade, defense and migration in Britain and the rest of the EU.

The official Vote Leave campaign said on Twitter: "We don't believe the ORB online poll, our data suggests it's closer to 50-50." It gave no further details, and the campaign could not immediately be reached for further comment.

ORB's online survey of 2,000 people, conducted on June 8-9, suggested that "Leave" was on 55 percent, versus 45 percent for "Remain".

The data was weighted to take account of how likely to vote people said they were. Those surveyed were not given the option of answering "don't know".

In an article accompanying the poll results, The Independent said "Leave" had extended its lead by four points since the last poll in the series, conducted in April. A year ago, "Remain" was ahead by 10 points.

When the poll data was not weighted for likelihood to vote, the result was "Leave" on 53 percent, up three points since April, and "Remain" down three points on 47 percent.

The poll also found that 78 percent of "Leave" supporters said they would definitely vote, while only 66 percent of those favoring "Remain" said the same.   Continued...

A poster encouraging people to vote to leave the EU is seen on the front of a house near West Kirby, northern England, Britain June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble