– UKIP voters wouldn’t accept a Jewish prime minister – poll (RT, Jan 23, 2015):
More than half of the UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) supporters wouldn’t accept a Jewish prime minister, recent polls show. The results come as the British Ambassador to the UN pledged to eradicate anti-Semitism in the UK.
Only 48 percent of UKIP supporters intending to vote for the party in the next general election said they believed a Jewish leader would be as “acceptable” as any other potential candidate.
The polling, by Tim Bale, a politics professor at Queen Mary, University of London, was carried out as part of a study into the Labour Party under Ed Miliband’s leadership.
If Miliband is successful in next year’s general election, he will be the first Jewish prime minister since Benjamin Disraeli, who held office in 1868 and between 1874 and 1880.
Across the entire voter spectrum, it was revealed that 83 percent of the population said religion would not affect their voting preference.
The research further showed the results were slightly lower for individual parties. Some 73 percent of Liberal Democrats and 72 percent of Labour supporters found a Jewish PM acceptable. Conservatives polled at 65 percent.