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Theresa May suffers record fall in popularity among Conservative members

Theresa May suffers record fall in popularity among Conservative members
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Theresa May has suffered a record fall in popularity among Tory members in the wake of the general election, it has emerged.


A survey for the ConservativeHome website revealed she had fallen from top of its Cabinet league table to second bottom.

Her net satisfaction rating has gone from +89.1 to -26.1 in a matter of weeks.

Mrs May's performance is even worse than Philip Hammond's after the National Insurance climbdown following the Budget in March, when he fell from third top to third bottom.

Significantly, the Prime Minister has been replaced in the top spot by Brexit Secretary David Davis, whose ratings have gone up from +75.4 to +78.4.

Michael Gove, who only re-entered the Cabinet following the election, has gone straight to second place in the table, followed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin - who many Tories believe should take much of the blame for the party's poor election performance - has fallen to the bottom of the table.

Another big loser in the survey is Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has fallen to 13th place after his net satisfaction ratings went from +47.9 to +38.8.

Although she is not in the Cabinet, or even an MP, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson scored highest in the survey with a satisfaction rating of +84.5.

ConservativeHome editor Paul Goodman said: "She out-performs every member of the Cabinet, and clearly would be very competitive for a leadership election were she in the Commons, which she isn’t – despite the yearning of many Tories." 

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