Satisfaction ratings at all time low for David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn - poll

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13th July 2016

Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron have recorded their lowest ever satisfaction ratings.

Both political bigwigs have record low satisfaction ratings, a new poll has shown
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The Ipsos MORI survey gave the outgoing Prime Minister a net rating of -38 and Labour leader Mr Corbyn -41.

Mr Cameron has seen a sharp fall of 15 points in his satisfaction ratings over the last month, in which time the UK voted to leave the European Union and he announced his intention to leave 10 Downing Street.

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Mr Corbyn saw his net rating drop 16% compared to last month’s survey, but there was better news for Labour in the voting intention.

The survey had Labour trailing the Conservatives by just one point, compared to other recent polls that have put them up to 8% adrift.

The Liberal Democrats were third place on 11%, with Ukip on 8%.

Meanwhile some 55% of respondents said incoming Prime Minister Theresa May had what it takes to lead the country well – way ahead of her former leadership rival Andrea Leadsom.

One in five poll respondents (18%) believed Ms Leadsom had the skills to be a good premier. Most of survey was undertaken shortly before the Energy Minister quit the Tory leadership race.

Mr Johnson’s ratings have plummeted since last year, with 70% now disagreeing he has the tools to be a good Prime Minister, up from 52% last July. 21% agree he does have the skills.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “Theresa May’s honeymoon  seems to have started even before she is officially announced as PM. Conservative voters in particular have very few doubts about her. 

“Meanwhile, Labour supporters are less positive about their own leader, as Jeremy Corbyn’s overall ratings fall to the lowest for a Labour leader since Ed Miliband in 2014.”

Mr Corbyn faces another leadership contest after he was challenged by former Labour frontbenchers Owen Smith and Angela Eagle.

The moves against him came after more than 60 of his ministerial team resigned, and three-quarters of his MPs backed a motion of no confidence in him.

Meanwhile Mr Cameron is gearing up to leave Downing Street after telling MPs in the Commons today: “I was the future once.”