YouGov Poll of Labour Members
Not been online all day, but now that I am some of the detail in the YouGov poll (here) of party members and union levy payers is very reassuring.
The bits I particularly liked:
Only 6% of trade unionists 7% of members are "very left-wing". The vast majority are "fairly left-wing" or "slightly left-of-centre". As logic would suggest - some of them don't even vote Labour - the trade unionists are to the right of the individual party members.
The combined vote for McDonnell + Meacher is only 11% in the members' section and 23% amongst trade unionists.
61% of party members agree that "‘In order to go on winning general elections, Labour needs to govern Britain from near the centre, not to adopt more left-wing policies’"
53% agree that "‘John McDonnell is too left-wing to be Prime Minister’"
The combined vote for the 3 Deputy Leadership candidates normally labelled as Blairite is 65% amongst party members and 63% amongst trade unionists, for the 3 seen as soft left it is 34% and 39%.
I find it personally reassuring that my own instincts on the leadership are about where the membership are: I'm with the 69% who would vote Brown in a Brown/Miliband/Meacher/McDonnell contest and with the 69% who want a contest (though I would rather it was a straight Brown vs. the left fight).