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Brexit and the NHS: voting behaviour and views on the impact of leaving the EU

Drinkwater, Stephen, Robinson, Catherine (2022) Brexit and the NHS: voting behaviour and views on the impact of leaving the EU. British Politics, . ISSN 1746-918X. (doi:10.1057/s41293-022-00216-9) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:96265)

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This paper examines three aspects of Brexit with regards to the NHS. First, we con- sider the influence of views regarding one of the most contentious issues in the refer- endum campaign: Vote Leave’s claim that the ‘savings’ from EU membership could alternatively be used to provide additional funding for the NHS. We find that views about NHS underfunding had a relatively small, but statistically significant, effect on leave voting even after controlling for a range of socio-demographic and economic variables. However, the magnitude of this effect is reduced and becomes insig- nificant when health-related and cultural controls are added. Second, we examine how NHS workers voted relative to others in employment, and find that a relatively high proportion was actually leave voters. Finally, we analyse whether individuals thought that Brexit would have a positive or negative impact on the NHS, as well as the reason or reasons for their view. We find that supporters of the Conservative party were by far the most likely to think that Brexit would be good for the NHS.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/s41293-022-00216-9
Uncontrolled keywords: Brexit · National Health Service · Voting
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Catherine Robinson
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2022 16:06 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 14:10 UTC
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