U.K. Support for EU Pullout Falls to 43%, YouGov Poll Finds

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The proportion of U.K. voters wanting to leave the European Union has seen a “marked decline” in a poll carried out after Prime Minister David Cameron refused to support an EU-wide treaty to rescue the euro.

The survey by YouGov Plc for the Sun newspaper found 43 percent of respondents would vote to leave the EU if there were a referendum, compared with 52 percent in a poll in August. Thirty-six percent said they would vote to stay in the EU in the survey of 1,724 voters carried out online on Dec. 11 and yesterday.

“We found a marked decline in the number wanting to leave the EU,” YouGov President Peter Kellner said in an e-mailed briefing note. “This is the narrowest result that YouGov has detected in recent times.”

Cameron’s action at a summit in Brussels on Dec. 9 has decreased Britain’s influence in Europe, according to 51 percent of respondents, compared with 11 percent who thought it had increased British influence, the poll found. At the same time, 58 percent said the prime minister was right to block the treaty.

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