Labour support for Jeremy Corbyn grows - poll

Posted On: 
17th May 2016

Labour members would overwhelmingly reject a leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, according to a new poll.

Support for Jeremy Corbyn grows among Labour members
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Approximately two thirds (64%) of Labour members said they would vote for Mr Corbyn in a leadership election and just 33% said they would not, the YouGov survey for The Times found.

More members than not think the Labour leader will become Prime Minister, a turnaround from the last poll which asked the question in November.

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The poll, which was taken after the local election results, puts pay to the hopes of some of Mr Corbyn's critics within the Parliamentary Labour Party to replace him in the near term.

Some 72% of members believe Mr Corbyn think he is doing a good job, up from 66% in November.

Last year, just 41% of Labour members believed Mr Corbyn was “competent”, now the percentage has risen to 45%.

If Mr Corbyn remains in his role for 2020, 49% of Labour members believe the party could win at the next election - 40% think they would not.

Nearly half (47%) of members believe is it probable that he will become Prime Minister at some point, last year just 40% thought it was likely.

Of members who want to get rid of Mr Corbyn 19% think his replacement should be Dan Jarvis, 17% think Andy Burnham, 13% Yvette Cooper and 5% Chuka Umunna.

ANTI-SEMITISM 

Respondents were also asked about the flurry of stories about anti-Semitism in Labour. 

A majority (51%) said former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone should not be expelled from the party for claiming Adolf Hitler was initially a "supporter of Zionism" before he "went mad". A similar number said his comments were not anti-Semitic.

Just over a quarter said he should be kicked out permanently, but 59% said the party was right to suspend him. 

And members were also more likely to believe the media and Mr Corbyn's critics were using the stories about anti-Semitism as a way of harming the leader. 

When asked about the stories, 10% said the Labour party "has a problem with anti-Semitism and it is right that the media report on it", 35% said Labour "has a problem with anti-Semitism but it is being used by the press and Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents to attack him", and 49% said Labour "does not have a problem with anti-Semitism and it has been created by the press and Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents to attack him".