Perhaps not a surprise given the outcome, but a researcher at the Reuters Institute notes that the media coverage of the run up to the Brexit vote was primarily on individuals, not the issues at hand. As Dr. David Levy indicates,
“The research reveals a picture of highly polarised press coverage, reliant on a narrow range of voices, and where coverage was more focused on personalities than the more complex issues at stake. In that sense, in spite of some notable exceptions, the press was generally better at reinforcing the views of decided voters than in giving undecided voters, seeking broad facts and high-quality information, the evidence to make up their own minds.”
Does this sound familiar to anyone on this side of the pond, especially to Green and Libertarian party supporters?
The full report can be found here.