Andy Burnham is the preferred choice of leader among Labour voters, poll finds

5th August, 2015 4:47 pm
Andy Burnham is the favourite choice to be leader among Labour, according to polling from Opinium.
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When Labour supporters were asked which of the four candidates they would vote to be the next Labour leader if they had a vote in the election the results read as follows:

Burnham 39%, Jeremy Corbyn 24% , YvetteCooper 22%, Liz Kendall 15%. 

However, the results were a little different when Opinium broke voters down into political leaning. Burnham remains ahead among Labour loyalists – Burnham 44%, Corbyn 18%, Cooper 21%, Kendall 17. But among Labour supporters who lean to the right his lead was narrowed with him on 33% and Cooper on 29% (Corbyn – 17%, Kendall – 20%).

For left leaning Labour voters his lead is even smaller 35% to Corbyn’s 31% (Cooper – 18%, Kendall 14%)

Beyond Labour supporters, Conservatives are most in favour of Burnham 17%, Corbyn 6%, Cooper 11%, Kendall 11%. While Green voters prefer Corbyn by a large margin – Burnham 13%, Corbyn 32%, Cooper 6%, Kendall. 9%.

70% of Labour voters think that Burnham would be likely to win a general election as leader. Whereas for other candidates the numbers are slightly lower: Cooper 57%, Corbyn 51%, Kendall 47%.

The largest proportion of Labour voters 57% would be happy if Burnham became leader, 46% said the same for Cooper, 40% for Corbyn and 35% for Kendall. Yet Opinium note that there’s a large proportion of voters who say they wouldn’t have a “particular reaction” to any of the candidates winning.

A previous poll for YouGov of those eligible to vote found that Jeremy Corbyn was on course to win.


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