Jeremy Corbyn does not look like a future Prime Minister, according to poll

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Jeremy Corbyn's victory in the Labour leadership election is likely to push voters towards the Conservatives (Source: Getty)

Almost three quarters of voters do not believe Jeremy Corbyn, the new Labour party leader, looks like a Prime Minister in waiting, according to a poll.

Just 28 per cent of people agreed with the statement “Jeremy Corbyn looks like a Prime Minister in waiting”, with some 72 per cent having disagreed.

The ORB poll of 2,000 people for the Independent also found Corbyn’s victory will push voters away from the Labour party at the next General Election in 2020.

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One in five people who voted for Labour, under the leadership of Ed Miliband, at May’s General Election will be more likely to vote for the Conservatives next time, with 37 per cent of Labour voters having said they are less likely to back the party.

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The poll results come the day after Prime Minister David Cameron said Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the leadership election was a “throwback” that no one wants.

Corbyn’s first week as Labour leader has been mired in controversy over who he has given top jobs to, his national anthem silence and even the hospitalisation of a BBC cameraman outside his home.

The poll was also published on the same day the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, will deliver a speech at the party conference, where he is expected to capitalise on Labour’s move to the left by urging voters to come over to his party.

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