Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (photos by the Guardian)
A new UK opinion poll indicates heavy support for current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn over his top challenger Owen Smith in the party’s leadership contest next September.
The online survey conducted by Opinium Research shows Corbyn enjoys more than twice the support of Labour Party backers with 54 percent favoring him compared to Smith, who is favored by only 22 percent of party supporters taking part in the poll, the Guardian reported Saturday.
This is while nearly 20 percent of surveyed Labour Party backers said they were yet undecided and four percent said they did not intend to participate in the voting process.
The latest findings further pointed to continued strong support for Corbyn at grassroots levels despite weeks of bitter conflict between the leader and Labour lawmakers at Westminster, a large majority of whom backed a vote of no confidence following the EU referendum last month.
Labour Party MP and Corbyn's top leadership challenger Owen Smith 
Some54 percent of Labour supporters expressed approval of Corbyn’s leadership after almost a year in the top position, while 24 percent said they disapprove his performance. The remaining 22 percent had no fixed view about his leadership.
Meanwhile, supporters of Smith, the former shadow work and pension secretary, believed that he would gain more support as he becomes better known in the run-up to the September 24 vote.
Labour signed up more than 183,000 new registered supporters in 48 hours last week, all of whom will now be eligible to vote, after paying the £25 fee imposed by the party’s national executive.
Corbyn stated on Saturday that the party’s huge membership, which now surpasses 500,000, would power it to victory at Britain’s next general election in 2020 under his leadership.
Opinium conducted the survey of 2,231 British adults from July 19 to 22. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.

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