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Obama backs Britain's place in the European Union

US president Barack Obama has suggested it is "hard to imagine" that it would be in Britain's interests to leave the European Union.

Mr Obama said the US valued the presence of its close ally at the top table in the EU and he did not believe it would be good for the 28-member bloc for Britain to leave.

'Over half of Brits' want freedom to work in EU states

Over half of Brits feel they should be free to live and work in any EU country - but only 38% agree people from other EU countries should be able to live and work in the UK, an ITV News/ComRes poll suggests.

Of those questioned:

  • 58% believe they should be free to live and work anywhere in the EU
  • 23% disagreed with this statement
  • 19% said they didn't know

But when asked whether people from EU countries should be free to live and work in the UK:

  • 38% agreed this should be the case
  • 44% said they disagreed
  • 18% did not know

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Poll suggests British public split on EU membership

The British public is split when it comes to whether or not Britain should remain a member of the European Union, according to the latest ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

Of the 2,062 British adults surveyed, 40% said they would vote to stay in the EU if there was a referendum tomorrow while 42% would vote to leave.

The ITV News/ComRes poll found the British public is split when it comes to whether Britain should stay in the EU. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Eighteen per cent said they did not know how they would vote.

Younger Brits - those aged 18-24 - were more likely to vote to stay (55%), while more voters over 65 years old stated they would choose to leave the union (49%).

Poll: 72% of Ukip voters would vote the same in 2015

Counting ballot papers in the European elections. Credit: PA Images

Less than three quarters of Ukip voters from the 2014 European Elections would vote the same way in a general election, an ITV News/ComRes poll has found.

The survey found that 72% of UKIP voters at the 2014 European Parliament election say they could see themselves voting UKIP in a general election.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

Poll: Third of Conservative voters 'could vote Ukip'

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to party activists during a rally in Ealing, west London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A third of Conservative voters polled could vote Ukip in a general election, our ITV News/ComRes poll also showed.

The findings revealed that 33% of 2010 Conservative voters could see themselves voting UKIP in a general election, compared with a quarter (25%) of 2010 Lib Dem voters, and 18% of 2010 Labour vote.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

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Poll: Ukip could lose older vote at General Election

Whilst 44% of people aged 65 and over say they could see themselves voting Ukip in a European Parliament election, only 33% say they would do the same in a General Election, according an ITV News poll carried out by ComRes.

The scene at the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire in 2010. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

The data suggests that many older voters will switch away from the eurosceptic party in 2015 with less than three quarters of Ukip voters in the 2014 European elections saying they could see themselves doing the same in a General Election.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

Poll: 27% of Britons say they would vote Ukip in 2015

The survey also found that around a quarter of British adults say they could see themselves voting for UKIP at a General Election, an ITV News/ComRes poll has found.

In the poll, 27% said they would vote for Nigel Farage's party at a General Election, compared with over a third (34%) who could see themselves voting UKIP in a European Parliament election.

Three in ten (30%) say they could see themselves voting UKIP in a local council election.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

Poll: 44% say they could never vote for Ukip

Protesters outside a Ukip rally in Edinburgh. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A substantial minority of the British public say they could never see themselves voting Ukip, a survey commissioned by ComRes for ITV News has found.

The survey found that 44% of the British public say that they could never see themselves voting Ukip.

This rises to 58% in Scotland, 55% among 18-24 year olds and 50% among affluent ABC1 social demographic grades.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

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