The YouGov survey for the TaxPayersAlliance and Global Vision, the Eurosceptic pressure group, shows that voters remain antagonistic towards the EU in the wake of the Lisbon Treaty, which increased the powers of Brussels at the expense of national governments, as well as towards the euro, despite recent falls in the value of the pound.In short, we are fed up up with being ruled by unelected, unaccountable Euro MPs.
And if the Tories continue down the path of bowing and scraping before the might of Brussels, expect fewer voters to tick that box come voting day:
The survey – released exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph – also spells out the threat posed to the Tories by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in elections to the European Parliament which take place on 4 June. Ten per cent of those who would vote Tory in a general election will back UKIP in the euro-election, the survey suggests. David Cameron has been trying to "close down" Europe as a political issue amid fears that traditional Tory divisions on the subject could resurface with the possible return of Ken Clarke, the strongly pro-Brussels former Chancellor, to the shadow cabinet.I like Clarke, except for his obsession with the EU. Dave the husky-hugger needs to look at the findings of this survey very carefully before deciding which way to go. He's being sent a message.
Overall, 16 per cent of voters want Britain simply to withdraw from the EU, while 48 per cent would like to see a much looser relationship, with the government taking back powers from Brussels and ending the supremacy of the European Court of Justice over British law.This is the bit that rankles, and some clear leadership is needed.
Who will provide it? John Ward has looked at the figures in depth and doesn't think UKIP can make the gains the 'Telegraph' has predicted. So in theory, the votes are there for the taking, if Cameron plays a blinder.
Can he...? I'm not so sure...