- ORB survey shows British public divided 48% to 47% on vote
- Referendum on leaving the EU is scheduled for June 23
The U.K. referendum on whether to leave the EU remains too close to call, according to two opinion polls released late Monday.
The ORB poll for the Daily Telegraph, surveying people who say they will definitely vote in the June 23 referendum, showed Britons planning to vote to remain in the EU at 48 percent, compared with 47 percent intending to vote to leave the bloc. The ORB poll surveyed 800 people, without specifying how the survey was conducted.
An earlier poll conducted by the Times and YouGov, which also didn’t specify whether it was conducted online or by telephone, showed the ‘Remain’ camp at 43 percent and those backing ‘Leave’ at 42 percent. Its survey was taken June 5-6, sampling 2,001 respondents.
The results of the latest Times/YouGov survey indicates a slip in support for ‘Leave’ since its online sampling June 1-3, which showed 41 percent for the ‘Remain’ camp and 45 percent for ‘Leave.’
The public divide on the referendum has increased the pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron in a battle that’s split the ruling Conservative Party. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has stepped up warnings of the economic consequences of quitting the EU, while former premier John Major took to the airwaves this weekend to condemn the “squalid” Brexit campaign.