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Support for Theresa May as Prime Minister drops to lowest yet - poll

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Public approval of Theresa May's performance as Prime Minister has plummeted to its lowest level yet, according to a new poll.


Just 32% of British voters are satisfied with the job she is doing - down 5 percentage points on last month - while 59% are dissatisfied, leaving a net rating of -27. 

Meanwhile the Tories score lower than when David Cameron was in office for being “divided”, “fit to govern” or offering a “good team of leaders”.

The findings, by pollsters Ipsos Mori for the Evening Standard, come amid rife internal divisions over Brexit, high-profile Cabinet resignations and probes into sexual misconduct across Westminster.

Three quarters of the public see the Conservatives as split, whereas Mr Cameron's lowest score on that issue was 68% in 2013.

Meanwhile 27% think the party offer a good team of leaders, compared with the Cameron era’s poorest score of 36% in 2012.

And fewer than half of those polled, 43%, say the Conservatives are fit to govern, compared to Cameron’s lowest score of 46% in 2012.

Elsewhere, confidence about a boost in the economy has dropped to its lowest since 2011, while a majority of the public, 58%, think things will get worse in the next year.

In more welcome news for the Tories however, Jeremy Corbyn’s ratings have also dropped, with 49% dissatisfied with his performance, up 4 points on October, while 42% remain satisfied, as was the case last month. That leaves the Labour leader with a net rating of minus 7.

Meanwhile just 38% of voters think Labour are "fit to govern", while 31% believe they offer a "good team of leaders" and 62% see them as divided.

Head of political research at Ipsos MORI, Gideon Skinner said the Tories had fallen behind but that Labour had yet “to open up a clear lead on being seen as ready for government”.

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