YouGov Polls: Labour Anti-Semitism Reduced Under Corbyn’s Leaderership

Antisemitism is vile and needs to be addressed and fought wherever it exists, including in the Labour Party. concerns among Jewish communities about antisemitism are absolutely valid and must not be minimised or dismissed. But contrary to the narrative portrayed by the media furore surrounding Labour’s reported ‘problem’ with anti-Semitism, data curated by YouGov actually shows that since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party in 2015, anti-Semitic views amongst Labour party voters have actually reduced substantially.

The statistics from a recent survey shown a marked decrease in the number of Labour voters in 2017 agreeing with anti-Semitic statements compared to those in 2015.

A poll conducted in In August 2017 YouGov asked 1614 adults from across the political spectrum whether 5 different stereotypical anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish people were either ‘Definitely true’ ‘Probably true’, Definitely not true’ or ‘Probably not true’. when comparing the responses to those given by 3411 respondents to almost identical questions in 2015, the results were profound.

The same poll suggests that all other political parties (apart from the Lib Dems whose results are comparable to Labour’s) have a far bigger problem with their voters agreeing with anti-Semitic statements.

Analysis of both surveys shows that anti-Semitic views held by Labour voters had declined amongst every single statement from 2015 until 2017.

According to the polls, In 2015, 22% of Labour voters agreed with the statement that ‘Jews chase money more than other people’, whilst in 2017 the number of Labour voters agreeing with the statement had declined to 14%.

When the results are compared with the 31% of Conservative voters who agreed with the statement in 2015, whilst in2017 this had declined slightly to 27% who still agreed with the statement, the answers given for YouGov’s first statement show that not only are anti-Semitic views amongst Conservative voters significantly higher than Labour voters in general, the rate of decline for anti-Semitic views amongst Labour voters is more than double the rate of Conservative voters – falling 8% in two years for Labour voters compared to a 3% decline in anti-Semitic views among Tory voters.

Moreover, the stark difference in results between parties from the first statement holds firm throughout the comparison. In the 2015 survey, 16% of Labour voters agreed with the statement that ‘Jews hold too much power in the media’, compared to 11% in 2017. 17% of Conservatives, on the other side, agreed with the statement in 2015, with a 2% reduction to 15% in 2017.

In 2015, 11% of Labour voters agreed with the statement that ‘Jews talk about the Holocaust too much in order to get sympathy’, declining to 8% in 2017. This decline from Labour voters is in stark contrast to Tory voters who actually saw a rise in their supporters agreeing in this statement – with 12% agreeing with it in 2015 compared to 13% in 2017.

The truth is that racism is clearly still a major problem across all of Britain but not just in the Labour Party as the current deluge of media coverage would seem to elicit.

HT YouGov

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