It may be Autumn but it’s Spring time for May!
The Labour leadership election may have excited Party members – but it has been bruising for their public reputation. A new Saga Populus poll of some 7,500 over 50s indicated that 85% thought the contest had damaged the Party’s reputation.
What is more surprising is that the proportion of those thinking that Jeremy Corbyn was the right person to lead Labour was stronger amongst those who voted Green (36%) or SNP (30%) at the last General Election than for those who voted Labour (29%).
When asked about the Government’s handling of post Brexit events opinion was clearly split, 38% said it made them less confident in the Conservatives whilst 32% were more confident.
Perhaps more positive for the Government – 66% said they were satisfied with the job Mrs May was doing overall as Prime Minister, and a further 23% said although they were dissatisfied, they still preferred her as PM than Jeremy Corbyn. Interestingly 30% of those that voted for Labour in the last election were dissatisfied but preferred to have Theresa May running the country than Jeremy Corbyn!
Saga’s director of communications, Paul Green commented: “Saga is strictly neutral when it comes to Party politics, but our customers are very engaged and politically aware. The post Brexit political environment is fascinating – not just for political junkies and psephologists. It appears we may have entered autumn, but for the public it appears it’s all about May.”