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Attitude formation and change in the run-up to Brexit


This project explored public preferences and expectations about Brexit outcomes, and the extent of public knowledge about the unfolding events. It examined the detailed structure of public attitudes and opinion, including willingness to make trade-offs, the degree to which there is regional variation, and understanding the policy areas in which people would accept supranational governance. It also sought to understand the dynamics of change in attitudes and expectations, asking ‘to what extent were individual opinions on Brexit-related matters ‘set in stone’? Lastly it aimed to understand the drivers of changing attitudes, and the role played by individual factors (e.g. social class), social identities (e.g. Brexiteer), and contextual factors (e.g. macro-economic changes) in this.

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