The vast majority of people believe that Brexit has contributed to shortages of lorry drivers in the UK, an exclusive poll commissioned by Byline Times can reveal.
Some 74% of those surveyed believe that Brexit is to blame for a lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the country – an issue that is causing petrol and food shortages. 36% of respondents said that Brexit has contributed “a lot” to HGV driver shortages, 38% said that it has contributed “somewhat”, 13% were unsure, and 13% said that Brexit has not contributed.
A majority of all age groups agreed that Brexit has contributed to the shortages, including 66% in the 65+ age group. Some 77% of the people surveyed in the north and 66% of those surveyed in the Midlands also blamed Brexit, along with 64% of participants who intend to vote Conservative at the next general election, and even 59% of people who voted Leave in the 2016 EU Referendum.
A majority of respondents also said that Boris Johnson is not trustworthy – by a margin of 62% to 38%. Women are less likely to see Johnson as trustworthy (64% to 36%), as are people in Scotland, Wales, and those in the 25-54 age cohorts. Leave voters were split 50:50 on whether the Prime Minister is trustworthy, while 75% of Remain voters didn’t think that he is.
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The online poll was conducted for Byline Times by Ominisis on 4th - 5th October 2021.