Election polls in the UK open, 45 million voters will choose: May or Corbyn

Under the shadow of recent deadly terror attacks in the UK, the election polls have officially opened and 45 million Brits will have a chance to decide today (Thursday) between the incumbent prime minister, the Conservative Party's Theresa May, and the Labor Party's Jeremy Corbyn. The Manchester bombing and London Bridge attacks will likely have an impact on the results as the latest polls give May a slim advantage of 7%.
May vs. Corbyn Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The polls in the UK have officially opened and 45 million eligible voters will choose between the two candidates for prime minister: the leader of the Conservative Party and current prime minister Theresa May or Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In order to prevent another terrorist attack in the UK on election day, thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed to the streets as a security measure. Over the last few months, the country experienced three terrorist attacks, the latest of which took place just four days ago on the London Bridge where eight people were killed and around 50 were injured.

Secure election day? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

When May called for an early election over a month ago, she and most others were sure of her victory predicted by polls giving her an advantage of at least 20-30%.  However, today no one is willing to bet on who will win after the latest poll conducted by the You Gov Institute gave the Conservative Party 42% of the votes, compared to Labor’s 35%, only a 7% advantage.

The candidates’ election campaigns were largely focused on social and economic issues until a suicide bomber exploded himself at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, murdering 22 people, the first of two deadly terror attacks in the UK over the last two weeks alone. These gruesome events forced the candidates to engage in debates discussing policies on terrorism and handling potential terrorists returning to Great Britain after fighting in the Middle East with ISIS.

On the one hand, May, who served six years as the Home Secretary under former Prime Minister David Cameron, cut police funding while on the other, Corbyn is perceived as being weak on terror and even sympathetic to some terror organizations. Yet, despite the shocking images and damaged sense of security in the UK, the British seem to be growing familiar with terrorism, something that will likely affect today's results. 

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