57% of graduates would vote to remain in EU, finds Prospects
When asked how they intend to vote in the EU referendum, 57% of graduates would vote to remain in the EU while 14% would opt to leave, but a quarter said they lack information to make a decision.
The poll of 453 graduates was carried out by Prospects, an agency of Universities UK.
41% of respondents agreed that leaving the EU would have a negative impact on their career, but 37% said they lacked information to have an opinion. Just one in ten graduates said leaving the EU wouldn’t make any difference to their careers.
When asked about the potential impact a Brexit would have on any further study plans, 31% agreed it would have a negative impact while a quarter said they lacked information. 23% said that they didn’t think leaving the EU would have any impact on their study plans.
Excluding those yet to decide whether to vote, a resounding 86% of respondents plan to vote on the 23 June 2016.
Mike Hill, chief executive at Prospects, said, “The polls all point to a very close contest, but here we can see that younger people are backing a vote to remain. They believe an exit from the EU would narrow their options. Options, ironically, which their parents and grandparents have benefited from over the last 40 years.
“A lack of information is clearly a barrier to decision-making, but the information is available. Graduates need to take the time to educate themselves, to really think about the potential impact a Brexit would have on their careers and options in life.”