EU Referendum Conspiracy Theory Believed By Half Of 'Brexit' Supporters, Says YouGov Poll

Vote has been 'fixed' by BBC and MI5 is involved - survey

21/06/2016 12:58 | Updated 23 June 2016
A YouGov poll has found Leave supporters deeply distrust the referendum system

The EU referendum is rigged, has been infiltrated by MI5, and the BBC and ITN are conspiring to fix the result, a poll has showed a lot people are thinking.

An astonishing YouGov poll for LBC reveals the deep distrust of institutions and their handling of Thursday's vote - with Leave supporters notably more suspicious.

Specifically, almost half of those backing 'Brexit' believe it is "probably true" that the outcome is pre-determined.

Leave campaigners have since the outset complained about having to overcome the pro-Europe "Establishment", bemoaning the £9 million mailshot of state-endorsed "facts" and the defection of former Cabinet minister being Sayeeda Warsi being a Downing Street "put up job" among others. 

YouGov's poll on "some things that people have said about the EU referendum campaign"

The most notorious conspiracy that emerged last year - but is taking hold again - has inspired the #usepens hashtag: people on social media who are urging like-minded souls to take a pen to the polling booth in case their vote is rubbed out.

The YouGov poll asked people about "some things that people have said about the EU referendum campaign". Including: 

"It is likely that the EU referendum will be rigged."

Almost half - 46% - of all Leave voters say this is the case, contrast to 11% of those supporting Remain. Regardless of voting preference, 28% subscribe to the "rigged" hypothesis.

"MI5 is working with the UK government to try and stop Britain leaving the EU."

Some 28% of Leave backers suspect pro-EU involvement of the secret services, while 16% of the Remain vote are wary of 'spooks'.

"The BBC and ITN are not commissioning an exit poll in order to allow the vote to be fixed without anyone telling."

Around a third of Leave voters - 36% - back the suggestion that broadcasters are deliberately meddling with the outcome. It's 10% among Remain-ers.

"There are plans for further EU integration and enlargement that the EU are deliberately not announcing till after the referendum."

Three-quarters of Leavers - 75% - are convinced of the plot, compared to 25% who will be voting for 'In'.

The hashtag #UsePens has been deployed to mock those on social media who think conspiracy is afoot. 

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