With the EU referendum just one month away, a study has found that 56% of business owners care more about the facts than what political figures have to say.
The survey by sage also found that 17% of respondents will be voting on gut instinct alone, while a mere 1% say that politicians or personalities will aid them in their decision making.
These findings come after a number of key figures have given their views on both leaving and staying. With Chancellor George Osborne warning that an EU Exit would make the UK and eight top economists saying the economy would be better off if Brexit happens.
However, despite the amount of information received from both sides, there are still a large amount (48%) of business owners and entrepreneurs that don’t feel informed enough to make a definitive decision.
Commenting on the findings, President of Sage Europe, Brendan Flattery, said: “Barely a day goes by that there’s not another surreal, sensationalist claim in the media: from claims of a world economic slowdown if we leave, to Britain becoming a ‘hostage’ to the EU if we stay, a potential European war, or to Europe being on the same ‘doomed’ path as Hitler.
“As this survey demonstrates, small and medium businesses, which make up more than two thirds of new jobs and generate more than €3.7 trillion across Europe, are hungry for the real facts.”
Mr Flattery concludes that a balanced argument is needed from both sides instead of “continuing on with ridiculous assertions from big personalities.”
Last month, we highlighted some of the key points from Savills’ report regarding the potential Brexit’s impact on the commercial sector.
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