I have a question about a sentence from an article of The Economist Magazine:
Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders.
Does the word "well" in this sentence mean "to a great degree or extent"*?
Below is the paragraph where I encountered this sentence.
The United States is not the only country where the establishment is on the ropes. Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders. In the first round of France’s recent regional elections, the far-right National Front won the largest vote. Populists are leading the polls in the Netherlands and running the government in Poland and Hungary. In politically correct Sweden, nativists are polling at 30%.
The whole article is available here: http://www.economist.com/node/21689543/print
Thanks a lot for everyone's help in advance. I really appreciate it.
*this is definition 3 of the adverb "well" from Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary.