Monday, October 22, 2018

Brexit Identity Trumps Party Identity

The latest report from NatCen shows that people are more likely to identify with Leave or Remain then with a political party. Seventy seven per cent of people in the NatCen survey felt they identified either very strongly or fairly strongly with a Brexit identity.

Nine out of ten of members of NatCen's panel identified themselves as a Leaver or Remainer. Remainers were more likely to be attached to their Brexit identity very strongly.

This is a new crosscutting cleavage which has implications for future political voting in the UK. It also explains why there hasn't been much movement in support for Leave or Remain in the last two years.