Poll finds almost half of Leave voters think the BBC has an 'anti-Brexit' bias - Press Gazette

Poll finds almost half of Leave voters think the BBC has an 'anti-Brexit' bias

New figures have revealed that 45 per cent of Leave voters believe the BBC News has an anti-Brexit bias, compared to 14 per cent of Remain voters.

The Yougov poll of 1,676 UK adults found that 5 per cent of Leave voters considered BBC News to be pro-Brexit, while 13 per cent of Remain voters thought the same.

Asked to say whether they think BBC News is pro-Brexit, anti-Brexit, neither or don’t know, the majority of Remain voters polled said “neither” or “don’t know”.

The new figures come after Lord Adonis, a prominent Brexit critic, said on Twitter that the anti-Brexit stance of the corporation was “so deep the BBC doesn’t even realise it”.

Yougov also asked respondents what they thought the Brexit stances were of the major national broadcasters and newspapers.

The biggest response came from the 40 per cent that thought the Mail was pro-Brexit, with 37 per cent saying the same for The Sun and 31 per cent for the Express – all three papers campaigned for Britain to exit the EU.

The i paper was found to be have the highest neutral score among the titles, with 73 per cent of respondents choosing “neither”, but 15 per cent considered it “anti-Brexit”.

Sky News was viewed as the most pro-Brexit broadcaster, with 12 per cent of the those polled saying it was in favour of leaving the EU.




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8 thoughts on “Poll finds almost half of Leave voters think the BBC has an 'anti-Brexit' bias”

  1. Meanwhile, most Remain voters believe the BBC is pro-Brexit. Perhaps worth pointing out that every evidence-based content analysis study conducted in the last decade on the BBC’s news and current affairs output has found unequivocal, statistical proof of right-wing bias.

    The BBC actually enabled Brexit by giving conspiracy-peddling liars as much airtime (if not more) as experts who were stating facts – and, at the same time, failing to do its job and properly investigate the motives of the super-rich elite who were pushing Brexit (ie. as we now categorically know, it was motivated in no small part by their desire to remove workers’ rights).

    Throughout the referendum, the BBC repeatedly aired nonsense conspiracy theories and lies peddled by the Leave campaign, because it’s so obsessed with giving the appearance of ‘balance’ that it felt every truth needed to be weighted against some opposing notion, even if it was demonstrably untrue, ie. on the one hand, every single respected expert who has run the numbers has concluded that Brexit will be an economic catastrophe (true) – but, on the other hand, the Leave campaign is claiming it will result in an extra £350m a week for the NHS (lie).

    The job of journalists is to find the truth and publish it. The truth is objective. The BBC too often conflates objectivity with balance. They are not the same thing. The truth is in and of itself objective, and does not need to be weighted against untruth. The truth of Brexit was that there wasn’t a single credible expert who could make a positive case for it. It was secured by propagating outright lies, overt racism and crackpot conspiracy theories – all enabled by financially invested right-wing newspaper proprietors, who dislike unions and workers’ rights, and a BBC so preoccupied by ‘balance’ that it has forgotten what its actual job is.

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