BMG’s latest poll on behalf of the Independent reveals that just over half of the public (52%) think that Jeremy Corbyn has dealt badly with claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
The poll, conducted between 10th and 13th April, asked a representative sample of 1,562 GB adults to consider to how well or how badly they thought Jeremy Corbyn had dealt with claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
More than half (52%) of respondents stated that Jeremy Corbyn had handled reports of antisemitism badly, which includes 27% that thought he had dealt with the issue “very badly”. Only 1 in 5 (21%) felt that he had handled the problem well and 27% stated that they did not know.
Labour voters appear to be split on the topic. Of those who indicated they had voted Labour in the 2017 General Election, 42% thought Corbyn had dealt well with the issue of antisemitism whereas 38% thought he had dealt with it badly.
Despite these findings, around a third of Brits do have some sympathy with the notion that allegations of anti-Semitism have a political element to the scandal. A third (32%) agreed with the statement “The problem of antisemitism is exaggerated to damage Jeremy Corbyn / the Labour leadership”. 28% disagreed, 20% said neither agree nor disagree, and a further 20% stated that they did not know.
The exclusive poll for the Independent also asked respondents to consider to what extent they felt the main UK political parties have a problem with racism and/or religious prejudice.
More people said they felt Labour had a problem than the Conservatives, although it is plausible that the poll’s timing may have led to slightly ‘inflated’ figures for all the parties, due to increased awareness of the issue, particularly Labour. Overall, 40% of people stated that the Labour party either has a “considerable” (19%) or “somewhat” of a problem (21%) with racism and/or racial prejudice, which compares to 31% for the Conservatives: “Considerable” (19%); Somewhat (21%).
An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Andrew Price – Research Executive
Robert Struthers – Senior Research Executive