More people in the north-east would change their vote from leave to remain than vice-versa, according to a new survey by the Evening Express.
The survey, which was completed by a total of 316 readers in the north-east, shows 117 people voted to leave in the Brexit referendum in 2016 (37%).
However, if a new vote were to take place, just 101 people would still vote leave (32%) – a shift of 5% away from leave.
The statistics also reveal 189 people (60%) who took part in the survey voted to remain in the EU back in June 2016 but 210 (66%) would vote remain in a new referendum – a shift of 6% towards remain.
One woman from Peterhead, from the 65-74 bracket, who would change her vote from leave to remain, said: “I voted to leave the political union with Europe. I did not vote to leave the trading union.
“When I voted in the original referendum it was about joining a common market not becoming just one state in a union of European states. I want a trading partnership with Europe as I think that is good for the economy.”
A male voter from Aberdeen, aged between 35-44, who voted leave in the referendum but would now vote remain, said: “The entire process has been a farce.
“I feel that I was lied to continually by the Leave campaign and those lies are all coming to a head.
“Turkey is decades away from joining, if it ever does.
“There’s no ‘cake and eat it’ deal coming from the EU, the bankers are leaving London for Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.
“Leave told us we’d prosper immediately but now Jacob Rees-Mogg said last week it will be 50 years before we feel any benefit from Brexit.
“I’ll be dead in 50 years and my children will be retired.”
One man from Aberdeen, aged between 65-74, said he had changed his vote from remain to leave because of the “attitude of the EU to the referendum and negotiations”.
A remain voter from Inverurie said he would vote leave now because of the “attitude of European bureaucrats” to the UK.
He said: “They intend to ensure a poor deal for the UK to deter other countries from leaving the EU. This is not the behaviour of democratic government.”
Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, said: “More than 33 million people voted in the 2016 EU referendum, with a majority of people – more than 17m – voting to leave.
“We must respect the democratic outcome of that UK-wide vote. We would be straying into very dangerous territory indeed if we were to ignore the stated will of the British people on this issue.
“This online survey suggests a small number of people may be reconsidering their decision.
“However, detailed national polling has consistently shown very little movement in the views of people across the UK as a whole.”
However, North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said he was not surprised by our survey results.
He said: “I think the key comment is the one saying that people voted to leave a political union not a trading union.
“That speaks volumes for a lot of people and certainly if the referendum question had been about our trading relationship, we might have had a different result.
“That’s why the UK Government has to reflect the reality of public opinion and most people want to remain within the trading relationship.”
Aberdeenshire East SNP MSP Gillian Martin said: “The results of this survey are not at all surprising. The UK Government has not listened to the people of Scotland on how Brexit will impact on their day-to-day lives.
“Agriculture, fishing and the NHS will all struggle with staffing shortages which are already being reported upon here in the north-east and throughout the UK.
“We have a government stockpiling medicines and blood in case of no deal and no clarity on the benefits of leaving the European Union.”
Our wider survey results, taken from the opinions of 662 people from across the UK, reveal 275 people (42%) did vote leave but just 252 (38%) would if a new vote took place.
Meanwhile, 352 (53%) wanted to remain in the initial vote but 394 (60%) would now want to remain.
The UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016 by 52% to 48%.
Within Aberdeen, 61.1% (63,985) voted to remain and 38.9% (40,729) opted to leave.
The vote was closer in Aberdeenshire, with 55% (76,445) for remain and 45% (62,516) for leave.
Meanwhile, the vote in Moray was on a knife-edge with 50.1% (24,114) for remain and 49.9% (23,992) for leave.