21st November 2011
This could be interpreted as good news, whatever your viewpoint on UK membership of the EU. Nigel Farage, leader of anti-EU grouping United Kingdom Independence Party, hailed the poll as the "centre ground of British public opinion."
But the good news for the often less vocal advocates of continuing membership – or even of building closer ties such as Lord Heseltine's belief that the UK would eventually join the Euro – is that the 40% for withdrawal figure is substantially lower than the anti-EU number in a poll a month ago.
Then Mindful Money cited The Guardian with its ICM poll showing 49% – or around a tenth more of the population than in the more recent Harris poll – took an anti-EU stance. Of course, much depends on the actual wording of the question posed – and headlines on the day the poll is taken.
But if the two polls are capable of comparison, then over four million adults have switched to a less euro-sceptic position over the past four weeks.