Corbyn 'more popular with voters than Miliband at same stage in his leadership'


Jeremy Corbyn is more popular with voters than Ed Miliband was at the same stage in his leadership, according to poll.

A quarter of the public believe the radical left-winger is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party compared with 17% for his predecessor in the months after he was elected, according to the study.

Labour has also gone up two points to 29% in the monthly ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror while the Conservatives have dropped two, although they are still significantly out ahead on 40%.

More than half of Labour voters (56%) are pleased with Mr Corbyn's performance while just 25% believe shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who was widely lauded for a bravura Commons speech backing military action against Islamic State in Syria, would make a good replacement, rising to 42% among Conservative voters.

Some 40% of voters believe Mr Corbyn offers a positive difference from other politicians while 37% think he is being treated unfairly by the media, the polling found.

:: ComRes interviewed 2,049 British adults online between December 9 and 11 and the data was weighted.