Britons' Support for Corbyn Falters in Wake of Terror Attacks

  • Unfavorable view of leader rises 8 points since September
  • ComRes survey gives Conservatives 15-point voting intent edge

Britons’ backing for opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has faltered, with a majority now declaring themselves unfavorable toward him and three in five voters not trusting him to keep them safe.

Half of the respondents in a ComRes survey commissioned by the Sunday Mirror and the Independent on Sunday newspapers said they had an unfavorable view of Corbyn, up 8 points since September. Thirty-nine percent said they trusted Prime Minister David Cameron to keep them and their families safe, compared with 17 percent trusting the Labour leader to do so.

The poll was conducted after deadly attacks in Paris a week ago, claimed by Islamic State, prompted Cameron to pledge a comprehensive strategy to extend bombing raids to Syria from Iraq. Corbyn, who has consistently opposed U.K. intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as well as Syria, said any action must be legal and should not be carried out at the expense of attempts to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war. He was criticized by lawmakers from his own party.

Support for Labour has fallen two points to 27 percent since October, giving Cameron’s Conservatives a 15-point lead in voting intention, with 42 percent support, according to the the poll of 2,067 people, conducted online between Nov. 18 and Nov. 20.

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