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EU Referendum: Twitter poll reveals potential outcome of tomorrow's vote amongst students

Stephanie Butler
22 June 2016

The Complete University Guide’s Twitter poll asked users what they are voting for in the upcoming referendum. The results simply underline the unpredictability of what the outcome of Thursday’s vote may be.

On the 23 June 2016, the nation will be voting to decide whether or not the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union. There are many opposing reasons that have constructed the biggest debate of the year: leave and the UK will save money from the EU budget, but lose the spending money we receive. Stay, and for some the UK remains an attractive international investment, but for others it will supposedly lack the freedom for trade deals with other nations.

These are just a handful of opinions put forward by politicians on either end of the argument. But ultimately it is not up to them; by simply voting either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ this Thursday, the UK's population will decide the fate of our involvement with the EU.

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The Complete University Guide’s Twitter poll results

Since Friday 17 June 2016, a poll has been sitting across our social media platforms asking users to vote whether they think we should remain in the EU or not. After five days of the polling and 369 votes cast, 58% of respondents said they would like to leave the European Union.

Whilst tracking the poll results over these five days it was evident that despite the result ending in favour of ‘Leave,’ for the majority of the week ‘Remain’ had been the most popular choice. In fact, on the morning of the final day of the poll 'Remain' was ahead with 68% of the votes. A late flurry swayed the poll heavily towards Brexit, just a few hours before it was taken down. 

What this means

All this can tell us, however, is that the result from Thursday is going to be a close call. Due to the vote on our poll being anonymous, it cannot be said whether the majority of participants are students or not, and if they are a true representation of students – or even UK residents.

The fate of the UK and its involvement with the EU is vital for the future of students, UK nationals and students from other EU countries.