How did fans of your club vote in Brexit?

28th Sep 2017

With Brexit still very much on people’s minds, we decided to find out whether the vote was polarising depending on which football team a person supports – is there a clear trend for certain teams? Or would it be a pretty even split of remainders and leavers in each team?

It’s been over a year since since that eventful voting day, not much has changed; what is actually going to happen is still very much up in the air with the government trying to process how they’re actually going to go about becoming completely independent.

We polled 4,680 football fans, from the 20 different teams that are currently in the Premier League, with an even number of fans being quizzed in each team. These Britons were quizzed anonymously to find out what they voted for and why they came to this conclusion.  

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Remain vs Leave - which way did the voting go?

1) Chelsea – 61% voted leave, 39% voted remain

2) Everton – 57% voted leave, 43% voted remain

3) Tottenham – 57% voted leave, 43% voted remain

4) West Brom– 56% voted leave, 44% voted remain

5) Newcastle – 52% voted leave, 48% voted remain

6) Huddersfield – 52% voted leave, 48% voted remain

7) Man City – 50% voted leave, 50% voted remain

8) Crystal Palace – 46% voted leave, 54% voted remain

9) Swansea City – 42% voted leave, 58% voted remain

10) Stoke City – 40% voted leave, 60% voted remain

11) Man United – 38% voted leave, 62% voted remain

12) Burnley – 37% voted leave, 63% voted remain

13) West Ham – 37% voted leave, 63% voted remain

14) Watford – 34% voted leave, 66% voted remain

15) Arsenal – 34% voted leave, 66% voted remain

16) Southampton – 31% voted leave, 69% voted remain

17) Leicester – 29% voted leave, 71% voted remain

18) Bournemouth – 27% voted leave, 73% voted remain

19) Liverpool – 23% voted leave, 77% voted remain

20) Brighton – 19% voted leave, 81% voted remain

It was uncovered that Chelsea fans were the most likely to have voted to leave the EU, with 61% swaying this way when they made their vote. Following Chelsea came Everton and Tottenham, both with 57% of their fans voting for Brexit.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, just 19% of Brighton’s fans polled voted to leave the EU. This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone but the team that follows them may come as a shock. Liverpool follows Brighton here, with just 23% of their fans saying they voted in favour of Brexit, with the majority (77%) wanting to stay. The full rundown of how fans voted depending on which team they support can be viewed below:

The reasoning for fans making their decision to leave the EU was varied with 66% of fans supporting Swansea listing ‘patriotism’ as the main reason they voted this way. Man City, 57% and Man United, 43%, both cited media persuasion as the main reason they voted to leave and Chelsea, 52%, Everton, 44% and West Brom, 41% revealed that immigration was the biggest deciding factor.

Why did fans vote the way they did?

A full listing of the main reason each fandom voted leave can be viewed below:

1) Swansea City – Patriotism – 66%

2) Man City – Media persuasion – 57%

3) Chelsea – Immigration - 52%

4) Huddersfield – Anti-EU – 47%

5) Everton – Immigration – 44%

6) Man United – Media Persuasion – 43%

7) West Brom – Immigration – 41%

8) Newcastle – Economics – 39%

9) Stoke City – Media persuasion – 36%

10) Burnley – Friends and family – 33%

11) Arsenal – Media persuasion – 32%

12) Watford – 29% - Immigration

13) Liverpool – Media persuasion – 27%

14) Bournemouth – Economics – 25%

15) Brighton – Media persuasion – 23%

16) Tottenham – Immigration – 22%

17) West Ham – Friends and family – 21%

18) Crystal Palace – Media persuasion – 19%

19) Southampton – Immigration – 18%

20) Leicester – Friends and family – 15%

Of course, with Brexit still very much an uncertainty and it being revealed that the decision may not actually bring many of the changes different parties promised, all fans were finally questioned to whether they actually regretted their voting commitment. Topping the list, with 59% of fans wishing they could change their vote, was Tottenham, followed by West Brom, 51% and Chelsea, 45%.

Which fans regretted their vote most?

1) Tottenham – 59%

2) West Brom – 51%

3) Chelsea – 45%

4) Everton – 39%

5) Man City – 34%

6) Huddersfield – 34%

7) Newcastle – 30%

8) Liverpool – 26%

9) Swansea City – 24%

10) Crystal Palace – 22%

11) Southampton – 20%

12) Arsenal – 20%

13) Burnley – 18%

14) Bournemouth – 17%

15) West Ham – 16%

16) Watford – 16%

17) Man United – 15%

18) Stoke City – 15%

19) Brighton – 13%

20) Leicester – 11%

Although not direct, these answers do show that the teams that had the higher percentage of fans voting to leave the EU last June also typically had the highest percentage of fans who regretted their decision. It could be a coincidence but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

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