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08/10/2015 04:29 BST | Updated 08/10/2015 08:59 BST

HuffPost UK Poll Exclusive: One-Third Of People Think Jeremy Corbyn Is 'Britain-Hating' And 'Terrorist-Sympathising' After David Cameron's Attack

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a campaign rally at the Arts Centre Theatre in Aberdeen as Mr Corbyn takes his campaign to Scotland.
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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a campaign rally at the Arts Centre Theatre in Aberdeen as Mr Corbyn takes his campaign to Scotland.

More than one-third of voters agree with David Cameron's claim that Jeremy Corbyn holds a “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating" ideology, according to a snap The Huffington Post UK and Survation poll.

Some 38% of all people polled agreed with the Prime Minister's most controversial statement in his Tory party conference address, while 31% disagreed and 31% didn't know.

The poll comes as Mr Corbyn has confirmed he will not attend his inaugural meeting with the Queen to be sworn in as a member of the Privy Council. A spokesman for the lifelong republican says he had prior arrangements.

Speaking to Huffington Post Live in New York last night, former Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell said Mr Cameron’s attack on Mr Corbyn was "not fair" though likely “effective".

In Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron claimed people "only really need to know one thing" about the new Labour leader: "He thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a 'tragedy'."

"We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love," he told the audience of Conservative supporters, who gave him a standing ovation.

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The Labour leader says he has been mis-interpreted and a spokesman said the "personal attacks" showed the Tories were "rattled".

In 2011 Mr Corbyn, then a backbench Labour MP, told Iran's Press TV there was "no attempt whatsoever" to put bin Laden on trial for his crimes, adding this made his killing an "assassination attempt" and was "yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy".

“The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy," he went on.

The online poll was conducted between 7pm and 11pm yesterday. There were 1,034 respondents.

Here is the detailed polling when people were asked: "David Cameron said that Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has a 'security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology'. Do you agree or disagree?"

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