The latest findings from ComRes and the Independent will be good news for everyone who is sick of naysayers who point to unfavourable polls for the Labour Party and accuse Jeremy Corbyn of making it unpopular.
It turns out that Labour’s newest policies have the support of the general public – according to the poll – even when people are told that Mr Corbyn is behind them.
What a terrific endorsement of Mr Corbyn and Labour’s policies! It is said that Easter is a time to celebrate new beginnings, and this could be the start of a major renewal for Labour support.
It could also be the start of a testing time for the poll-watching naysayers.
If they really want Labour to win elections, then they should get behind this poll result and support Labour for all they are worth.
Alternatively, if they are really trying to undermine support for Mr Corbyn and return Labour to control by sub-Tory neoliberals, they’ll be trying to find any excuse to deny the findings.
We should judge them by their actions.
This could be fun!
Several of Jeremy Corbyn’s policies for a future Labour government have the support of the majority of the British public, according to a new poll analysing past pledges and a recent policy blitz by the left-wing leader.
Alongside members of his shadow Cabinet the Labour leader has used the two-week parliamentary recess to announce a raft of policies, which are expected to feature in the party’s general election manifesto. They include free school meals for primary school children, forcing big businesses to publish their tax returns, and a £10-an-hour minimum wage.
According to a poll by ComRes for The Independent, some of the policies have considerable support among the public, notably the raising of the minimum wage and of the top rate of tax to 50p from 45p – 71 per cent and 62 per cent of respondents agreed with the policies respectively.
ComRes interviewed 2,029 GB adults online between 11 and 13 April 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall.
Support for raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020 has cross-party support, with majorities of voters of each of the main parties agreeing with the policy.
The party’s pledge to extend free schools meals to all primary school children – funded by charging VAT on private school fees – also has the support of 53 per cent of the public, according to the poll. While 35 per cent disagreed a further 12 per cent responded “don’t know”.
Responding to the polls, the Labour leader told The Independent: “Our policies are popular because to most people it’s common sense that our government should act in the interests of the overwhelming majority and that will mean taking on the powerful.
“The people in Britain have been held back too long but we have the ideas and the will to change the country for the better. There’s so much more to come and as the party comes together to campaign for these popular polices, we are convinced our support in the polls will increase.”
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