What do we know about Jeremy Corbyn?
Well, he’s got a lovely beard; rarely wears a tie, making him like that one cool Geography teacher who probably got fired since you attended school; he isn’t shy of wading into feminist issues and it’s becoming increasingly likely that his fractious bid to become the next Labour leader will be a successful one.
But what about his supporters? Considering the leftist-bashing headlines surrounding his posse, it’s any wonder the ghost of Stalin isn’t the one tasked with rounding up the people who turn up to Corbyn rallies. Much has been said of his fans, just nothing of note.
Until now that is...
Polling firm YouGov has surveyed 3,735 eligible Labour voters, assessing the general interests and beliefs of all supporters for the various candidates and in turn allowing us to present the thoughts of the average Corbyn fan.
Some of them might just be a little weird...
GOD SACK THE QUEEN
Despite ongoing cute royal baby covers on Hello and OK!, 60 per cent of Corbyn's backers wanted to abolish the monarchy.
THEY’RE OFF THE RAILS
Like Corbyn, his supporters take a much more unanimous line on issues concerning nationalisation of the railways and healthcare, with 86 per cent wanting this reform, compared to 31 per cent of the public. Though supporters of Corbyn’s rivals also wanted these sectors brought back into public hands, they expressed this desire with much less conviction.
LEFTISTS AND PROUD
85 per cent described themselves as ‘Left-wing’, a belief also held by just 33 per cent of the UK population.
ISIS? WHAT ISIS?
While the current Prime Minister takes a hard line against ISIS and ramps up the airstrikes, supporters of Corbyn are nearly twice as likely to be opposed to RAF participation in bombing campaigns against the mass terror group.
BUT IF YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE BAD…
If Corbyn ever becomes Prime Minister, the Orlando tourist board may take a good whacking: 51 per cent of his supporters agree with the statement that “the United States is the greatest single threat to world peace”, compared to just 36 per cent of Andy Burnham’s supporters, 18 per cent of Yvette Cooper’s supporters and 15 per cent of Liz Kendall's.
MANY ARE CONSPIRACY THEORISTS
Of all the Corbyn supporters polled, 28 per cent are under the impression that the world is ‘controlled by a secretive elite. We don't know what's more frightening: that the figure is that big or they could even be right. Let’s just hope these shadowy figures like the look of Corbyn and invite him to join their cabal.
THEY TALK A GOOD GAME
The YouGov poll also found Corbyn’s followers self-identify as much stronger in verbal intelligence and imagination than, for example Yvette Cooper’s supporters, who score themselves higher than average on mathematical intelligence and processing speed.
THEY HAVE A DREAM
Many dreams in fact. All the time. Roughly 67 per cent of those Corbyn supporters polled described themselves as 'dreamers’, suggesting perhaps even they don’t believe Corbyn’s bold ideals will ever rule over Parliament.
[Data via Yougov.co.uk]