Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

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Mr Corbyn has often been criticised for his unclear Brexit message and that has been reflected in a latest poll commissioned by Times Higher Education (THE). According to the survey conducted by YouthSight which was published in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Corbyn has lost the support of students in what is a critical blow to his election hopes.

According to the survey conducted by YouthSight which was published in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Corbyn has lost the support of students in what is a critical blow to his election hopes.

The student vote, represented a huge part of his support but the new poll shows that among UK students, he has lost almost half, going from 70 percent to just 38.

The data represents the lowest point for the party in terms of the student vote in the last four years.

In the wake of Labour’s faltering support, the Liberal Democrats have gathered momentum and have seen an increase of 19 percent among students according to the survey.

Brexit news; Jeremy Corbyn suffers poll demise

Brexit news; Jeremy Corbyn suffers poll demise (Image: GETTY)

Brexit news: mr corbyn lost almost half of the student vote

Brexit news: mr corbyn lost almost half of the student vote (Image: GETTY)

For much of the last decade, that number had been hovering around five percent according to the pollsters while the party had also been hit hard over the tuition fee controversy.

However, Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde issued a word of warning for the Liberal Democrats.

Sir John insisted that although their number had risen, they had solely been poaching Remain voters and had not yet gained any Leave campaign supporters.

He told THE: “The Liberal Democrat revival is mostly based on Remain voters; they have hardly picked up a single Leave voter during the course of this year.

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The Conservative Party received 12 percent while the Green Party stood at 18.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, however, only received four while the SNP only had three.

In another blow for Mr Corbyn, in terms of ratings for the respective leaders, his rating dropped by 38 percent.

Despite his massive drop, Mr Corbyn stood at plus two, while Jo Swinson is the closest to the Labour leader with minus six.

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Boris Johnson stands at a net favourability of minus 55 percent.

Commenting on the numbers, Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) told THE: “Labour are still polling at a level where any of the other parties would be delighted to be getting (that share of the vote) among students.

“So they are not exactly catastrophic numbers, but it certainly seems the sheen has come off.”

In light of the release of Labour’s falling numbers, a spokesman for the party stated that they will offer a “real choice” between them and the Cons

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They added: “In 2017 we won the biggest increase in Labour’s vote share since 1945 and took away the Tories’ majority.

“Whenever the next general election comes Labour will offer a real choice between a Conservative government run in the interests of the rich and the corporate elite.

“Or a Labour government that abolishes tuition fees, invests in public services and tackles the climate emergency.

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“Labour is committed to a public vote, including an option to remain, and we are leading the campaign to stop Boris Johnson’s devastating no deal.”

The YouthSight poll questioned around 1,000 students who are eligible to vote in UK elections.

Some have speculated that there could be a general election as early as October. 



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