More than half of Britons believe Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism in Labour shows he is unfit to be prime minister, amid a major surge of voters saying the party has a major problem in its ranks.
The staggering figure is revealed in a ComRes poll for Jewish News in a week when Labour was hit by yet more revelations over Jew-hate and moved to suspend several council candidates.
A staggering 55 percent of those polled agreed that the Labour leader’s ‘failure to tackle antisemitism within his own party shows he is unfit’ for Downing Street – echoing the position overwhelmingly adopted by the Jewish Labour Movement last week. Among them were close to a third of 2017 Labour voters and 15 percent of those currently planning to vote for the party. Just a fifth of the 1,047 respondents disagreed and a quarter didn’t know.
While Labour has established a lead in the national polls overall, today’s survey paints a worsening picture for Corbyn when it comes to the ongoing antisemitism crisis.
Half of British adults (51 percent) believe the party has a serious antisemitism problem – up from 34 percent when the question was asked by ComRes last July during the row over the definition of antisemitism that Labour initially refused to adopt with all its examples. Just 18 percent disagreed.