Brexit: Voters' reactions and hopes

NatCen’s British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey is the UK's longest running survey of public opinion, revealing the social, political and moral attitudes of the population since 1983. The 37th report has launched on 8th October, with additional chapters being released throughout the month.

Sir John Curtice, Ceri Davies and Rob Ford spoke at our launch day webinar, unveiling the findings of two key chapters on Brexit from this year’s BSA report.

One chapter examines the impact of the Brexit stalemate in the last parliament on trust and confidence in how Britain is governed, and on the public’s willingness to engage with the political system.

Meanwhile, the second chapter reports new evidence on what policy choices voters are hoping the government will make when the UK leaves the EU single market at the end of the year.

A response was given by Anand Menon of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, through whom the research into Brexit was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

You can watch the webinar below.


  • Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Social Research


  • Professor Robert Ford, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester
  • Dr Ceri Davies, Director, NatCen Centre for Deliberative Research
  • Professor Sir John Curtice, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Social Research, Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde


  • Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London