The government has been saying that we're in recovery and they've put out loads of figures to prove it.
Those figures now show that our payment to the EU (we get chunks of it back directly and indirectly) needs to rise in proportion with how rich we are as a country.
If the recovery was real no one would even notice this extra money drifting away.
Three points in relation to this.
I had always been under the impression that the EU was funded by VAT receipts, which presumably are fairly indisputable.
And this levy appears to be related to our economic performance since 1995, not just the last couple of years.
And the payment of £1.7 billion has to be paid in a matter of weeks.
I'm not sure that the opinion poll you referred to would have the same result if carried out today.