Corbyn Leads Smith 62%-38% in U.K. Labour Leadership PollBy
U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is ahead of his challenger Owen Smith in his battle to stay at the helm of Britain’s main opposition party, a poll found.
Corbyn had 62 percent support versus 38 percent for Smith, according to the YouGov Plc poll of 1,236 people eligible to vote in the party ballot. The survey, published on Wednesday in the Times newspaper, suggests Corbyn may win an even bigger mandate than last year, when he was first elected with almost 60 percent of the vote.
Corbyn’s support among party grassroots members is in stark contrast to the opposition he faces from his own lawmakers. Smith triggered the leadership election because Corbyn refused to step down, even after he lost a confidence vote among Labour members of Parliament by 172 votes to 40 and dozens of members of his front-bench team quit their posts.