A ComRes poll has found that 55% of the British public agreed with the statement that: “Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle antisemitism within his own party shows he is unfit to be Prime Minister.” ComRes conducted the poll for the Jewish News.
Additionally, 51% believe that “The Labour Party has a serious antisemitism problem”, which represents a dramatic rise from the 34% who answered affirmatively when ComRes asked the same question in July last year.
Merely 22% “believe Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that he has an ‘absolute determination’ to stamp out antisemitism from the Labour Party.”
Disturbingly, however, 52% of the Labour voters surveyed agreed that Mr Corbyn is the target of “a concerted smear campaign by his political opponents to try to discredit him over antisemitism.”
According to the Jewish News, a Labour source said that: “This looks like a set of leading questions that anyone would expect to produce a negative result.”
Andrew Hawkins, Chair of ComRes, remarked that “Being seen as soft on racism must account for a major part of Labour’s malaise given that almost one in three of the Party’s own voters at the last election believe its leader is not fit to be Prime Minister because of the issue.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has begun pre-enforcement proceedings against the Labour Party following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant. The pre-enforcement proceedings are a precursor to opening a full statutory investigation.
In recent months, eleven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with numerous councillors and members.
Almost 50,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”