'75% say: 'Quit the EU now''. That's the way the Express has summarised a poll conducted by YouGov.
But the article by Alison Little makes clear this isn't what the poll really shows. Indeed, her first sentence says:
An overwhelming 75 per cent of Britons would vote in a referendum to quit the EU or renegotiate the terms.
The 'or renegotiate the terms' bit is important because, as the Express reveals five paragraphs from the end, if a referendum included three options about the UK's relationship with Europe:
15 per cent would vote for the status quo, 28 per cent would vote to leave the EU and 47 per cent would vote to renegotiate membership terms.
So the '75%' saying 'quit now' actually includes 47% who don't actually want to quit if renegotiation is an option.
The poll was conducted by YouGov for the campaign group Vote UK out of EU and their press release on these results makes clear that:
75% of those surveyed would vote to change the current relationship between the UK and the EU.
'Change the current relationship'. Not 'quit now'.
What if the referendum gave a more straightforward 'in or out' choice? The Express states:
Given a choice to stay in or get out – without the option to renegotiate – 52 per cent would quit, 31 per cent would stay in, while the rest are “don’t knows”.
According to this poll, if it's in or out, 52% say quit. If it's in, out or renegotiate, 28% say quit.
So why has the Express claimed '75% say quit now' in the headline?