250 British economists and another 300 British intellectuals signed letters urging Britons to vote REMAIN to stay in the European Union, warning that LEAVE would result in economic catastrophe for Britain and political catastrophe for Europe. British voters rejected their admonitions. Score zero for arrogant and condescending British intellectuals and one for the common man.
The polls indicated that REMAIN would prevail by 52-54%. To the dismay of the pollsters and the REMAIN camp, LEAVE won by 52-48%, a dramatic swing from the projection.
Why were the polls wrong? The answer is simple. Pollsters cannot detect lies in phone or online polling. Those who openly state anti-politically correct views are shamed and castigated as racists, xenophobes, and bigots. It’s easier to lie to pollsters, give them the politically correct answer, and then vote the opposite in the polling booth.
The pollsters got it wrong for the May 7, 2015, British parliamentary elections, Trump’s nomination in 2016 as the Republican candidate for president, and now BREXIT.
Despite its intense campaign, the British Academic Political Media Industrial Complex (APMIC) lost, in the same way the American APMIC lost in its attempt to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination for president.
The lesson of BREXIT for America is beware of polls predicting a win for Hillary Clinton this November. The anti-politically correct vote may be worth as much as 3-4 percentage points for Trump, which would give him the presidency.