In an article from the BBC a link is trying to be established between those who voted out of the European Union and those who support the Death Penalty.
The article titled ‘The link between Brexit and the death penalty’ is in response to a panel survey conducted on 24,000 individuals about their views on the Death Penalty and whether they would vote to leave the EU. A bizarre survey some one say?
Brexit Briefing by Prof Eric Kaufman of Birkbeck College (excerpt)
The British Election Study’s internet panel survey of 2015-16 asked a sample of over 24,000 individuals about their views on [the death penalty] and whether they would vote to leave the EU. The graph below, restricted to White British respondents, shows almost no statistically significant difference in EU vote intention between rich and poor.
By contrast, the probability of voting Brexit rises from around 20% for those most opposed to the death penalty to 70% for those most in favour. Wealthy people who back capital punishment back Brexit. Poor folk who oppose the death penalty support Remain.
Ben Shimshon of Britain Thinks, a company which advises businesses and political parties on how to communicate with the public, broadly agrees with Westlake. What united Leave voters in focus groups in the run-up to the referendum, he says, was support for a whole set of “traditional” values.
“They tended to value things like order, stability and safety against things like openness, modernity and other social-liberal values that were more popular among Remain voters. Often it’s about harking back to the past – sometimes a feeling that they don’t belong to the present.” – BBC News