JEREMY Corbyn was the reason why more than a third of 2017 Labour voters abandoned the party at the election earlier this month, a survey has revealed.
More than 35 per cent of former Labour voters said he was the reason why they didn’t vote red this time around – more than any other reason given.
The second biggest factor was Brexit, with one in five 2017 Labour voters ditching the party because of its chaotic policy of renegotiating our exit deal with Brussels before holding a second referendum.
Twice as many of these were Leave voters than Remainers, according to a YouGov poll of 496 2017 Labour voters who did not vote for the party in 2019.
The data showed that the biggest reason behind this disaffection was due to Mr Corbyn’s neutral position on Brexit – rather than being too far towards Remain or Leave.
This contributed to 13 per cent of respondents who said he had been too weak on Brexit.
One in ten former Labour voters jumped ship because of tactical voting, the poll showed.
Some three per cent said the party had become too extreme and 5 per cent didn’t vote at all.
Among voters overall, just 21 per cent said they had a favourable view of the Labour leader, less than half who did after the 2017 election.