According to Yougov, among Millennials, Corbyn is the most popular politician in the UK (although he fares far worse among other age groups).

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At the same time, the youth is the most anti-Brexit/pro-Remain segment of the population.

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Given Corbyn's own Eurosceptic views, how does one explain this apparent contradiction?

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Beyond the obvious (and possibly true) comments to be made about idealists with less exposure to the realities of life, and the general truism that voters in general seem to be more tribal than logical, the fact is that you can support a candidate despite him having one policy you disagree with if you believe that his or her package as a whole is the best. Presumably for many of these this appeals as a package, even with the drawback of Euroscepticism.

There is a further point that labour have gone to great lengths to avoid having any real discernable policy at all on Brexit, and this would allow people to believe that when push comes to shove it will be the cautious approach that would be taken (i.e no Brexit) especially with the latest official position (as of this post being written).

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    Just to add, but in a comment as perhaps unfair in the answer, as the group seeing themselves promised the most free stuff by Corbyn, if their anti-brexit position stems from pure self -interest maybe the Corbyn + Brexit is an overall better propesition from the self interest pov
    – user19831
    Oct 26, 2019 at 18:40
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    The last part of that is straight out of the Daily Mail. The whole reason for Labour not having a constant stance is because the ground underneath them is shifted by the current Conservative/EU negotiations. Labour will campaign against their own 'deal' if it turns out relations have been poisoned enough that they can't get the deal they believe they could have got if they'd been in charge from the start. That makes sense; if someone hands you a ruined relationship, riding it down in flames is just foolish. The 'campaign against their own deal' argument is reduction to absurdity.
    – Jontia
    Oct 26, 2019 at 22:44
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    @Jontia enough of your slurs: bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-49605019/…
    – user19831
    Oct 26, 2019 at 22:46
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    That's one person, not labour policy. Let's not forget who the Foreign Secretary was during the first 18 months of Brexit negotiations.
    – Jontia
    Oct 26, 2019 at 22:52
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    I don't agree that "there is no clear Labour party policy" ON Brexit. There is one, it's just a lot more nuanced than anyone else's. This is an artefact of the situation they find themselves in vis a vis the opinions of Labour voters; unlike most of the other parties they have a hefty split in opinion and so it's dangerous for them to be seen to alienate one side entirely. Frankly, given their situation, I think they're actually doing quite well with their policy drafting, I don't see what else they could possibly have done.
    – Dan Scally
    Oct 27, 2019 at 6:46

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