Research undertaken by YouGov revealed on Monday how Labour had slumped to the third most popular party among working-class voters.
Despite pressure mounting on the floundering leader to step aside from the top job, a leading political scientist believes the 67-year-old is likely to remain in it for the long haul.
Professor John Curtice said it was unlikely that Corbyn would step down
It would now be somewhat odd for him to give up
Professor John Curtice
Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde told talkRADIO: “I think in truth, given he is leader, given he tried to stay on when challenged last year it would now be somewhat odd for him to give up.
“Unless of course, given his age, a health issue was to intervene, but at the moment I think the expectation is that he will try to soldier on as leader.
“Although, if the opinion polls continue to slip further and the party does receive a disastrous set of results in the local elections at the beginning of May then maybe even some of those who’ve been supporting him may begin to have second thoughts.”
The Labour party has slumped to third among working class voters, according to a YouGov poll
Quizzed on whether or not Mr Corbyn and his Shadow Cabinet would be concerned by the latest astonishing poll, which put Labour on 24 per cent, the professor of politics said it would be difficult not to be.
“They certainly do need to worry about opinion polls, we’re now looking at levels for the Labour Party not much above the 25 per cent average.
“One has to say now that the party’s position is little short of dire,” he continued.
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“I think the difficulty is it was never entirely clear that a life-long backbencher necessarily had the political skills to be the leader of a political party.
“You need to move on from being able to inspire the faithful to reach out to those who don’t necessarily regard you as one of their supporters.”
Mr Corbyn’s leadership will be tested again later this month in the forthcoming by-election in the Brexit heartland of Stoke-on-Trent.
The seat came up for challenge when former Labour MP Tristram Hunt resigned from his position.
With 70 per cent of the city opting for the UK to quit the EU bloc, some pollsters have put Ukip as the most likely party to win the ballot.
On Monday, the Eurosceptic’s leader and candidate for the seat, Paul Nuttall, told voters it would be “game, set and match for Brexit” if he was elected on February 23.
He said: “Every voter in the constituency has the opportunity to send a powerful signal to Remain MPs sitting in Leave constituencies that they'd better not attempt to frustrate the will of the people.”