The ERS, one of Britain’s biggest electoral reform campaign bodies, also called for votes at 16, compulsory citizenship education in all primary and secondary schools and a minimum six-month regulated campaign period to more time for ‘proper public discussion’.
Its report found that voters were turned off by the scare stories on all sides of the debate.
“As the race wore on, the public viewed both sides as increasingly negative. It is not clear that either side gained from this approach,” it concludes.
The report points out that the Remain camp predicted “a cost of £4,300 a year for every household, a wage drop of £38 a week, the loss of 100,000 manufacturing jobs, a 10-18% drop in house prices and higher mortgage rates,two more years of austerity, an increase of £230 on the averagefamily holiday, loss of women’s rights, an ‘instant DIY recession’ and 500,000 more unemployed, amongst others”.
But Vote Leave were criticised for their claims about potential mass immigration from Turkey and divisive comments from Nigel Farage (on sex attacks)and Boris Johnson (making insinuating comparisons about the EU’s goals and Nazism).
Many voters felt under-informed about many of the issues, the survey found, with Google searched on the day of the June 23 referendum for questions such as ‘what is the EU?’
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