This new poll suggests Corbyn’s Labour made the right move on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn campaign in West Kirby

A new Survation poll, conducted for the Mail on Sunday, post Labour ahead of the Tories.

The new poll put Labour on 43%, five points ahead of the Conservatives on 38%. It also put the Liberal Democrats on 7%, and UKIP on 4%.

The poll follows Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer’s announcement in the Observor that Labour plans to fight for a transitional Brexit deal involving customs union and single-market membership.

The poll asked voters how they felt about Labour’s shift to a softer Brexit.

Of all poll respondents, most said they agreed with Labour’s new position (42%) while 22% said they neither agreed nor disagreed with Labour. Just 28% said they disagreed with Labour’s new approach to Brexit. 9% said they did not know.

However, when poll respondents were asked if Theresa May should support single-market and customs union membership during a transitional post-Brexit period, 49% said they agreed.

As for the question about Labour’s new approach, no less than 67% of Labour 2017 voters agreed with the policy-switch, indicating that Labour’s decision to soften its Brexit stance was the right decision. 15% said they neither agreed nor disagreed, while just 11% disagreed, further suggesting that Labour has made the right decision in relation to pleasing their base.

56% of remain voters said they agreed with Labour’s new position, as did 26% of leave voters.

Analysis:

With just one in ten Labour voters disagreeing with Labour’s new stance, this poll suggests that Jeremy Corbyn’s party has made a good strategic decision. It could even help the party woo over voters who would prefer a soft-Brexit, but have been put-off by Labour’s “harder” Brexit stance.

The full results of the Survation poll conducted for the Mail on Sunday between the 31st August and 1st September can be found here.