A final poll by two sister dailies prior to tomorrow’s referendum has revealed almost half the people on their respective patches will vote to leave the European Union.
As previously reported on HTFP, a February poll by the EDP and EADT put leave at 38pc ahead of remain 34pc, with 28pc saying they were undecided.
However, the gap opened last month with 39pc favouring Brexit compared to 30pc wanting to stay, and 21pc undecided.
The results of the final survey, published on Monday, showed 47pc will vote to leave compared to 33.5pc voting remain, with 15.5pc still undecided and 4pc stating they will not vote.
The project has been led by Archant group political editor Annabelle Dickson.
She said: “This is the third poll that our reporters have undertaken. Speaking to more than 1,000 people face-to-face has given us and our readers a sense of the mood in our town centres, shopping districts and market places.
“We tried to speak to people of a variety of ages and genders, and by conducting the poll during lunchtimes last week we were able to catch weekday workers too. It is clear the mood then was to cut our ties with Brussels.
“Of course, polling is not an exact science as we found out at last year’s general election when few predicted a Conservative majority. The only result that matters is the one that will filter through in the early hours of Friday morning.
“It is worth pointing out that our research also showed just how many undecided voters there still were which makes it hard to take the headline remain and leave figures at face value. The old adage that a day is a long time in politics was never truer than in the final throes of this campaign.”
Two of the main protagonists in the debate – Prime Minister David Cameron for remain, and Justice Secretary Michael Gove for leave – recently visited Archant’s Norwich office to take questions from our readers.
Annabelle added: “We used the social media platform Periscope to broadcast the ‘leave’ event live to our online audience, and we also ran a live blog throughout the events.
“It was not just loyal subscribers who were able to listen to each politician set out their arguments; with a stage set up in the centre of the newsroom staff were also able to listen in.”