Many may doubt his chances of ever making it to Number 10 – but from a betting point of view at least, the tide seems to be turning in Jeremy Corbyn’s favour.
According to bet comparison service Oddschecker, the Labour leader is proving a favourite with Britain’s gamblers, with more people betting on him for general election success than any other candidate.
Today (Friday), just three days after Theresa May announced there would be a general election on June 8, 45% of punters are backing Corbyn to be the next PM, compared to the 30% that are splashing out on a May victory.
Interestingly, the third most popular candidate is Boris Johnson, who has 7% of votes ahead of Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, with just 4%.
The latest YouGov poll asking ‘If there was a general election tomorrow, which party would you vote for?’ took place on 18-19 April, and saw 48% choosing the Conservatives while just 24% opted for labour.
This was the first such poll since Mrs May’s surprise election announcement, and 24 point lead placed the Tories in the strongest position they’ve been in since May 2008.
Sceptics may therefore argue that the support for Corbyn among gamblers may be due to the more favourable odds he’s currently achieving, rather than genuine belief in his success.
Odds from Paddy Power currently stand a 17/2 for Corbyn, compared to 1/18 for May.
The best – admittedly slim – chance of making a mint comes from backing David Milliband at 125/1, or Tim Farron at 66/1.
As for Boris, he currently has odds of 50/1.