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Jeremy Corbyn highest rated Labour leadership contender by general public, according to new poll

Corbyn on top after survey asked public to watch one minute clip of leadership candidates.

Published 14/08/2015

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a campaign rally at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a campaign rally at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Jeremy Corbyn is the highest rated of Labour's leadership contenders by the public at large, a new poll has suggested.

In what could be a fresh boost for the unlikely front runner in the race to replace Ed Miliband, a Survation poll of 1,000 people found Mr Corbyn favoured on personal qualities and the ability to hold the Tories to account as leader of the Opposition.

Andy Burnham, the pre-race favourite, was ahead - by 25% to 24% - among all voters when asked who would make the best Prime Minister. The pair tied on 26% when voters were asked who would be most likely to secure General Election victory.

Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall trailed on several measures in the poll, reported by The Guardian and Sky News.

A YouGov poll for the Evening Standard also said Mr Corbyn was ahead among London voters.

A nationwide YouGov survey earlier this week indicated the veteran left-winger is on course to win by a landslide on September 12. Mr Corbyn edged onto the ballot at the last minute as some Labour MPs thought his inclusion would "widen the debate".

A spokeswoman for Mr Corbyn said: "We do not usually comment on polls, but given the debate about who is best placed to win, it is worth noting the following.

"The national Survation poll and the YouGov poll of Londoners both point to an emerging, clear fact - that Jeremy Corbyn reaches voters beyond Labour's existing vote, and that he has a strong electability-factor based on his ability to take on David Cameron and stand up for ordinary people.

"These polls show the value of leadership - straight-talking politics that give people hope and a real sense that winning with a better kind of politics is possible."

Some 32% of people in the Survation study said they would be more likely to vote Labour at the election if Mr Corbyn ran the party, ahead of Mr Burnham on 25%, Ms Kendall on 22% and Ms Cooper on 20%.

Asked who would best hold David Cameron's administration to account, Mr Corbyn got 31% to Mr Burnham's 27%. Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall trail on 14% and 10%.

Mr Corbyn was found trustworthy by 40% of people, a value the survey also found was the most important to voters. Ms Kendall came second on 35%, with Mr Burnham and Ms Cooper both on 32%.

The Survation panel was asked to watch a one minute video of each candidate before offering their responses.

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