Voters support Labour's policies - but don't support Labour

Matilda Long
Labour’s policies have huge support, but Jeremy Corbyn polls dismally (Reuters)

Voters are overwhelmingly in favour of Labour’s policies, but support for the party itself is still at dismally low levels under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

A number of pledges in Labour’s leaked manifesto have massive public support, according to a new poll, but analysis of voter intentions indicates the party is still on course for a landslide loss at the hands of the Tories.

The document, revealed yesterday, set out the opposition’s intentions to renationalise the railways, build hundreds of thousands of new council homes, abolish tuition fees entirely, end zero-hours contracts and overhaul worker’s rights.

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Data gathered by ComRes and the Daily Mirror found out what voters thought of Labour’s ideas, with many winning majority support.

These are Labour’s most popular ideas.

Freeze the pension age

Labour proposes keeping the pension age at 66 and scrapping the Conservatives’ plan to raise it. 74% are in favour of this.

Banning zero hours contracts

The party’s pledge to completely outlaw zero hours contract is supporting by 71% of voters.

Raising income tax for highest earners

Jeremy Corbyn would increase income taxes only for those earning more than £80,000. 65% of the public are in favour.

Building 100,000 new council houses a year

Labour would tackle the housing crisis by building at least 100,000 new council homes each year. 54% of voters are in support of the policy.

Restore conductors to driver-only trains

53% of those polled agreed that conductors should be brought back on driver-only trains.

Renationalising the railways

One of Labour’s flagship policies is the renationalisation of Britain’s railways, a policy supported by 52% of the public.

Despite a big thumbs up for Labour’s manifesto promises, the Conservatives are still leaps and bounds ahead in the polls.

The latest stats give the Tories a 16-point lead, a very slight decrease for Theresa May’s party since last week.

More worryingly for the left, voters are far from keen on the idea of Jeremy Corbyn running the country.

When asked who would make the best Prime Minister, 49% opted for Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn received 21% – even less than ‘don’t know’, which was chosen by 30% of voters.


 

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