Professor Danny Dorling trashed claims Brexit voters are primarily working class people, arguing the typical Leave voter is a middle-class Conservative supporter let down by politicians' promises in the 80s and 90s.
Speaking to RT News, the Oxford University professor debunked the myth the "disaffected working class rose up" to deliver the June 2016 Brexit referendum result.
Mr Dorling's argued the "typical Leave voter" is a middle-class Tory voter from the South of England.
He said: “The myth is it is the working class, the disaffected working class rose up and voted Leave.
“But only about a quarter of the Leave vote was social class D & E.
“The majority of the Leave vote was middle-class ABC1, the majority was in the South of England.
“Working class people were much more likely not to vote, whereas middle-class people, particularly older middle-class people voted.
“And your typical Leave voter was a conservative Tory voter who wasn’t rich but wasn’t particularly poor, living in the South of England who had watched as far as they were concerned – and they’re right – a country slowly fall apart and their own children and grandchildren being unable to buy homes, start a family.
“They’ve done everything they’ve been told to do and yet they weren’t looking at the rosy future they’d been promised in the 80s and 90s and they were angry.”
Professor Dorling’s comments come as a new research from the University of Warwick suggested that George Osborne’s austerity policies directly led to Britain voting to leave the EU.
The report read: "The austerity-induced increase in support for Ukip is sizable and suggests that the tight 2016 EU referendum result (leave won by a margin of 3.5 percentage points) could have well resulted in a victory for remain, had it not been for austerity.
"The point estimates suggest that in districts that received the average austerity shock, Ukip vote shares were, on average, 3.58 percentage points higher in the 2014 European elections or even 11.62 percentage points higher in the most recent local elections prior to the referendum.
"Due to the tight link between Ukip vote shares and an area’s support for leave, simple back of the envelope calculations suggest that leave support in 2016 could have been up to 9.51 percentage points lower and thus, could have swung the referendum in favour of remain."