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to wonder why Corbyn isn't more popular considering the battering Theresa May/the Tories is getting?

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mothertruck3r Thu 16-Nov-17 08:43:08

The Tories/Theresa May have been getting an absolute kicking in the press recently (rightly deserved) and every day there seems to be a new controversy. May seems completely inefficient and doesn't seem to know whether she is coming or going (literally).

However, I am surprised that Corbyn/Labour is not polling higher. On all the polls I have looked at his rating seems to be either equal to, very slightly above or very slightly below May. He should be well out in front at this point.

I am not a Corbyn/Labour fan (although agree with a lot of their policies) but I am wondering why is he not polling better?

RockyBayEve Thu 16-Nov-17 08:47:20

...because he's a commi who would totally wreck the country

GhostofFrankGrimes Thu 16-Nov-17 08:52:24

Polls aren’t always accurate. The country is being wrecked without communism rocky

SloeSloeQuickQuickGin Thu 16-Nov-17 08:54:30

Because he s a creepy old man? And those of us of a certain age see right through labours bankrupting policies.

StickThatInYourPipe Thu 16-Nov-17 08:56:34

Because he is god awful! I would have voted Labour in the last election if they had had a better leader.

GhostofFrankGrimes Thu 16-Nov-17 08:57:58

Economy has been doing great lately hasn’t it? Lowest growth in eurozone, sterling tanked, inflation up.

ethelfleda Thu 16-Nov-17 08:58:01

I bloody love Corbyn.

There... I said it.

Trueheart1 Thu 16-Nov-17 08:58:02

Because he is a terrorist sympathiser, who makes excuses for antisemitism and sexism.

makeourfuture Thu 16-Nov-17 08:58:53

Tories don't make logical decisions.

makeourfuture Thu 16-Nov-17 09:00:56

God is on their side. Who needs rational thought?

GhostofFrankGrimes Thu 16-Nov-17 09:01:08

I think some people need to realise that the smear campaign against Corbyn failed ages ago.

Oddmanout Thu 16-Nov-17 09:01:17

Because he's a f**cking half wit maybe?

LizzieSiddal Thu 16-Nov-17 09:02:47

Because he doesn’t appeal to enough people.

I don’t trust him and as for John MacDonald, I just heard him on Radio 4 and had to turn off the radio. I hate the story’s with a passsion, they are nasty cunts imo but unless labour get someone else in charge they’re not likely to get in power.

LizzieSiddal Thu 16-Nov-17 09:03:16


makeourfuture Thu 16-Nov-17 09:03:38

A failed, sick, greed-based social Darwinism.

Cactusjelly00 Thu 16-Nov-17 09:04:03

Because everybody thinks that if you vote labour you're voting for people to never work and get paid 500,000 a year or some other ridiculous amount.
Or you're voting for them to pay CEO's less than cleaners.
Or you're voting for them to burn Jews. Etc. come on, even as a labour voter (I am one and always have been) you must know why people won't vote for him - justifiably so or not?

ClashCityRocker Thu 16-Nov-17 09:06:54

A lot of people don't see him as a credible alternative.

Whilst he is popular with the younger generation I think he is viewed with a degree of suspicion amongst the older (less idealistic?) generation. And by older I'm not necessarily talking about pensioners.

I also think that, bar in times of a general election and/or referendum, there is a general apathy towards politics in this country.

I remarked the other day (and I realise this is total anecdata) that you don't hear people discussing brexit so much, other than in a jokey sort of way. People were interested in whether it happened or not, and will no doubt be interested in how it's going next time there is a general election but the actual mechanics of it - less so.

Postagestamppat Thu 16-Nov-17 09:08:51

I am hazarding a guess that it is because conservative economic policies have been in place since Thatcher (early 1980s), including new Labour years and before that the Labour government was considered to have destroyed the economy. Corbyn is reminiscent of "old Labour" therefore servely misstrusted.

I honestly think it can't get any worse and whatever havoc people seem to think Corbyn is capable of creating just look at the country now.

RockyBayEve Thu 16-Nov-17 09:08:59

The country is in a poor state due mismanagement through the New Labour years of BLiar and McRuin and Cameron Tory government to Mays hapless PM ship.

However for Zimbabwe or Venezuelan wrecked vote Corbyn.

Hobsons choice atm sadly.

makeourfuture Thu 16-Nov-17 09:11:23

less idealistic?

Less inclined to use critical thinking skills?

scaryteacher Thu 16-Nov-17 09:13:54

Ghost Hate to be a pedant, but since when was the UK in the EZ?

Rebeccaslicker Thu 16-Nov-17 09:14:22

He's been an MP forever and nobody has noticed him (apart from for his friendships with terrorists of course). Then he offers free tuition fees and suddenly he's the Messiah? Pffft. He and McConnell would wreck the economy even more than the current shower of losers.

I'd love to see a decent alternative. Come on, old labour failed miserably; new labour and the conservatives haven't achieved much in a long time. Is it time to give the lib dems a shot???

MiraiDevant Thu 16-Nov-17 09:14:48

The media,social, print and tv, (including the bbc), love to bring people down. May is "falling apart", "Corbyn is a monster", "the Government is in ruins". Actually we really don't know what the situation is. Occasionally on MN we get really excellent threads with posts from people who know what is going on and can supply stats, inside info, a thoughtful and informed view but generally it is all meaningless.

The BBC loves it if they can create news - their "assertion" becomes the story, then their story becomes the story. Most social media is a series of accusations and insults. You are FOR or AGAINST - if you don't say "All xxx are Bad" then you are Bad yourself.

What is really happening? The polls don't reflect much of use. Look at the voting or better still people's buying power, how they spend their money, where they choose to live, whether and where they choose to work. They are the decisions we take that reflect our politics in fact

Oddmanout Thu 16-Nov-17 09:18:00

I have to say if Labour offered a credible alternative I'd have a closer look, but while they have that gimp in charge no way.

No nuclear deterrent when Russia are rattling their sabres - good move half wit.

MiraiDevant Thu 16-Nov-17 09:18:24

Let's see how he is seen when the next vote comes along. That's what I really mean

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