Young people are losing faith in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn amid a dramatic fall in support for his Brexit policy, new poll reveals
- Polling of 2,000 young people finds handling of Brexit has hit approval ratings
- Survey says backing from people aged 18 to 24 was +13% in July – now 14% today
- Corbyn supporters urge him to rally behind movement for second referendum
- Liz Truss said: ‘Young people are going off Corbyn even faster than his own MPs’
The opposition leader’s response to Theresa May‘s unpopular deal to leave the EU on March 29 has sent his approval ratings among 18 to 34-year-olds from a positive to a negative rating.
New polling of 2,000 young people from Opinium commissioned by For our Future’s Sake [FFS], a youth wing of the People’s Vote campaign, will make worrying reading for Labour.
The research shows that in just six months, 18-34-year-old’s approval of how Jeremy Corbyn is responding to Brexit has plummeted 27 percentage points – from +13 per cent in July to -14 per cent today.
It came as senior Tories came out in force to suggest ‘young people are going off Jeremy Corbyn’ as their party also faces a major split over Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured at a youth event last June, needs young people to vote for him to win power – but his handling of Brexit is hitting his approval ratings, new research has revealed
Kira Lewis, a For our Future’s Sake activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter, said said: ‘Unfortunately, over the last six months, there’s been a massive drop in young people’s approval of how Jeremy Corbyn in handling Brexit.
Mr Corbyn is yet to say if the party will back a second referendum, being billed as the People’s Vote
‘The reason for this is painfully clear – the overwhelming majority of Corbyn supporters, like myself, want Labour to back a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal, but if Labour and him enable Brexit, they are at risk of losing young supporters’.
The poll suggests that young people have growing concerns over Brexit, and are losing patience with Labour’s approach.
Jeremy Corbyn’s perceived enabling of Brexit is one of the top reasons that young Labour voters say they might switch to another party, the research has found.
And only 12 per cent of people in Scotland approve of the way the Corbyn is handling Brexit, with 57 per cent disapproving – the highest of anywhere in UK.
Georgie Harris, Vice-President Community at Edinburgh University Students’ Association and For our Future’s Sake activist said: ‘Labour’s Brexit position has left us in a precarious position in Scotland, with only 12 per cent approving of Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit. With Scotland having voted so strongly to stay in the European Union, any perception that Labour is enabling Brexit will harm us significantly.’
Jeremy Corbyn‘s appeal to the young is waning because they don’t want to pay higher taxes, Liz Truss said yesterday.
The chief secretary to the Treasury said the perception of 18 to 24-year-olds as ‘sandal-wearing Corbynistas’ was wrong as she made a pitch to younger voters to back the Conservatives.
Speaking in Leeds, she said: ‘Young people are going off Jeremy Corbyn even faster than his own MPs are.
Chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has said ‘young people are going off Jeremy Corbyn’ as all the Labour leader, pictured, is ‘offers is high taxes and more state control’
‘This is the most self-starting, business-minded generation ever and all Corbyn offers is high taxes and more state control.
‘It’s Conservatives, not Labour, that will help young people fulfil their ambition and turbocharge the economy as we leave the EU.’
Polls suggest 60 per cent of the 18-24 age group backed Labour at the 2017 election compared with around 20 per cent who voted Conservative.
Calling for greater investment in superfast broadband and new houses, Mrs Truss also cited an 85 per cent jump in the number of entrepreneurs aged 18 to 24 compared to 2015.
‘We now have an army of high achievers brimming with ambition and with the drive to shape their own futures,’ she said.