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'Boris Johnson more trusted than David Cameron' by EU referendum voters

Published 15/05/2016

Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London and leading Vote Leave campaigner
Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London and leading Vote Leave campaigner
Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London and leading Vote Leave campaigner.

Voters trust Boris Johnson to tell the truth about Europe more than they trust David Cameron, a new poll reveals.

The former London mayor, who has been touring the country in his Brexit battle bus, is better trusted than the Prime Minister by nearly half (45%) of people surveyed.

Just a fifth (21%) said they trusted Mr Cameron more than Mr Johnson, according to the ComRes poll, commissioned jointly by the Sunday Mirror and The Independent.

More broadly, Britons believe Leave campaigners are more likely to be honest (39%) than the Remain campaign (24%).

As the EU referendum debate heats up, the poll shows Britain is still deeply divided with many voters still undecided on how they feel about the Brexit.

But it suggests that after a hard week of campaigning led by Mr Johnson, the Leave campaign is managing to convince voters of some of its key messages including that Britain will be safer outside Europe.

The poll found a third of people (33%) thought they would be personally better off if Britain stays in the EU, whereas 29% believed they would be better off if we left and 38% said they don't know.

More than half (57%) said Britain could control is borders better outside Europe compared to just 27% who said remaining would better facilitate this.

And 42% say national security would be stronger if Britain left - up 7% compared to a poll conducted in March. Just 38% believe it would be stronger if Britain remained.

Despite months in which both sides have campaigned hard to convince the electorate how to vote on June 23, the poll of more than 2,000 people suggests the public still have very mixed levels of knowledge about Europe.

More than three quarters (78%) of adults correctly say the UK pays more into the EU budget than it gets back.

But three in five (61%) of those asked wrongly believed most British laws have to be approved by the European Parliament.

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