Corbyn wins big among viewers who had not yet decided how to cast their vote
Last night’s ITV Leaders’ Debate sparked controversy not least because media pundits insisted on presenting the event as almost a draw, in spite of ITV’s poll of thirty thousand viewers suggesting that a massive 78% thought Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won.
But there are two areas in which even YouGov, which tends to understate Labour support, agreed that Corbyn won big – and in reality, those two areas are the only ones that matter.
According to YouGov’s poll, Corbyn was viewed overwhelmingly as the winner among voters who have not yet made their mind up how to vote in the general election.
Among people who said they would decide nearer to polling day how to vote, Corbyn won by 59 points to 41 – an advantage to Corbyn of eighteen points.
And among those who declared themselves ‘not sure’ how they will vote, Corbyn won by 74 points to 26 – a massive 48-point differential in Corbyn’s favour:
And those undecideds are the crucial audience in the leaders’ debates. Entrenched voters on either side are unlikely to change their voting intention – but among those whose vote is still in play, Corbyn won.
By a mile.
This news will be a massive further boost for Labour’s grassroots and candidates who have already seen Labour make significant gains in the first phase of the general election campaign, before the party’s manifesto has even been published.
Vision, policies, authenticity and integrity are on Labour’s side – and among undecided voters, the party’s leader just trounced his opponent.
Vote Labour. Campaign Labour. Reach those undecideds on the doorstep and social media, while Labour’s leadership reaches them via broadcasters.
When Labour wins, we all win.
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