Some Unite members are up in arms about not being polled for this survey. How many more were incensed by not being asked by Len McCluskey if they wanted their membership dues to be used to part pay for the farce that was Labour Live?
YouGov’s survey of a representative sample of almost 1,000 members of Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, was conducted in the last week for the People’s Vote campaign and comes ahead of Unite’s policy conference in Brighton this coming week where grassroots branches have submitted no less than 13 pages of motions on Brexit.
“One motion, submitted by West Midlands car workers to the conference, states:
“Only now have voters started to see through the initial referendum campaigns and truly understand the implications and costs of leaving the EU. The final negotiations of UK Brexit terms cannot be left for parliament alone to agree upon because the facts presented to the voting public have changed so much since the referendum vote. The British electorate must ultimately have the final say.” “
Two of the four draft “composite” motions prepared for the debate on the conference floor support a People’s Vote while a third supports continued UK membership of the Single Market.
The poll’s findings provide clear evidence that workers are turning decisively against the bad Brexit deal emerging from political machinations in Westminster and botched negotiations in Brussels. In recent weeks five major unions – the TSSA, RCM, RCN, Prospect and the BMA – have come out in favour of a People’s Vote while the GMB and Unison, respectively the third and second biggest, have toughened their stances and backed Single Market membership.
Key findings of the poll show that Unite members:
Support a People’s vote on the final Brexit deal by a margin of 57 to 34 per cent (even 24 per cent of those who voted Leave agree with this demand).
Prefer prioritising free trade with the EU to limiting immigration by a margin of more than two to one – 61 to 30 per cent.
Believe Britain will be worse off outside the Single Market by a margin of 58 to 21 per cent.
Think that they and their family will suffer if Britain leaves the Single Market – with just 14 per cent believing they be better off.
Say leaving the Single Market will be bad for jobs by a margin of 57 to 18
Know Brexit is being botched – with just 1 per cent saying the process is going very well.
Unite has 1,420,000 members.
I imagine Jasper had people to handle questions about statistics and especially surveys, it would seem, when he worked for Ken Livingstone as Director for Policing and Equalities during Livingstone’s 2004 to 2008 term as Mayor of London?
If Jasper still has the contact details of those folk would he, please, pass them on to Diane Abbott?
And just for all those baffled by the fact that an opinion poll survey is not invalid, if it reports the opinions of a representative sample of a sub group of, say, a trade union’s membership …