A poll by ITV’s This Morning asked viewers which party leader they would prefer to see as Prime Minister. The result was remarkable:
Over 165,000 people participated – and more than two-thirds chose Corbyn. Theresa May’s share of the vote was far less than a third of what Corbyn achieved.
Naysayers will say that the poll was not ‘scientific’. That’s true. But then, the methodology of official polls is rarely disclosed properly and vastly differing results suggest that those may not be too scientific either. It’s also possible, of course, that Corbyn supporters are simply more motivated to call or go online to cast their vote and influence the result – but again, that’s hardly a negative.
One thing that is certain, however, is that the result in no way supports or aligns with the prevailing punditry that claims the result of the General Election is a foregone conclusion or that Jeremy Corbyn cannot appeal to the wider electorate.
In fact, given the evidence of the first week of campaigning, those claims are looking ever more desperate. Perhaps even Canute-like in their determination to keep pushing a worldview in which the Prime Minister’s disappearance from public view is touted as ‘strategy‘ and Corbyn’s energy, huge reception and evident ease in every public appearance are written off as meaningless.
Maybe, just maybe, This Morning viewers are more dialled in to the zeitgeist of this General Election than those whose appearance fees depend on them toeing a particular ‘expert’ line.
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