Individual socialist policies have always proved popular – but now voters want the full package.
Labour’s most radical policies were among the most popular put forward by parties at the general election, YouGov found before June 8.
Capping rent, increasing income tax for those earning more than £80,000, abolishing tuition fees and renationalising energy, railways and the Royal Mail were all supported by a majority of voters.
But far from being á la carte socialism, a new poll shows that (excluding don’t knows) the majority of the public believe Britain would be a better place to live with a “genuinely socialist government”:
This isn’t a rogue poll reflecting only the optimism created by the shock general election result.
YouGov found last year that British voters have a favourable view of socialism and an unfavourable view of capitalism:
The extent of the support for redistribution was demonstrated in another poll published this week which showed a majority in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s call to use empty luxury properties to house survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire:
— YouGov (@YouGov) June 16, 2017
The thing that will really worry the Tories is that there’s now someone willing to implement these policies – and he’s more popular than them.
YouGov’s approval ratings show Corbyn and the Labour party have now leapfrogged Theresa May and the Tories:
— YouGov (@YouGov) June 15, 2017
And a poll by Survation for Good Morning Britain published today put Labour ahead for the first time – a 17% swing in just 5 weeks.
Monday morning motivation pic.twitter.com/iuEPbGHnNI
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) June 19, 2017
Things can only get better…