In 2015, HEPI and YouthSight polled students on their views about the UK’s place in the EU and the forthcoming referendum. We published the results in a paper originally issued last November.
We found overwhelming support among students for the UK to remain within the EU, although some of this support appeared soft. We included some questions on the impact of the Prime Minister’s renegotiation, which has been discussed by Cabinet this morning, and found:
- Almost half of students (47%) said they would be more likely to vote to stay in the EU if David Cameron proved able to achieve ‘meaningful reforms’ during the renegotiation on the terms of the UK’s membership of the EU, while 29% said it would have no effect.
- As only 13% of all full-time undergraduate students would vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU in a referendum held tomorrow and under half (42%) of this group expect to change their vote from leave to stay on the basis of a successful renegotiation by the Prime Minister, this suggests only 6% of students could swing to the ‘in’ side.
- On the other hand, a renegotiation that was deemed to be unsuccessful could see 12% of the 70% of students who intended to vote for the UK to stay in the EU change sides – 8% of all students.
These issues will be discussed at a HEPI / HEA seminar in Parliament on Tuesday, 23rd February (invitation-only).