Jeremy Corbyn approval ratings worse than Michael Foot's

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16th February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's approval ratings among voters are now worse than Michael Foot's were at the same stage in his leadership.

Jeremy Corbyn's approval ratings are getting even worse.
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Fresh polling data published today by Ipsos Mori also revealed that the Labour boss continues to trail well behind Theresa May when it comes to personal popularity.

The pollsters found that 24% of voters said they were satisfied with Mr Corbyn's performance, down two points on a month ago.

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Some 62% are dissatisfied with him - up one point on last month - leaving him with a net rating of minus 38.

Michael Foot - who led Labour to its catastrophic general election defeat to the Tories in 1983 - had personal approval ratings of minus 35 after he, like Mr Corbyn, had been leader for 17 months.

According to the poll of 1,044 adults between 10 and 14 February, 53% of voters are satisfied with Mrs May, with 36% dissatisfied. That gives her a net approval rating of plus 17.

Incredibly, more Labour voters are dissatisfied with Mr Corbyn (50%) than are satisfied with him (41%).

By contrast, 89% of Conservatives are satisfied with Theresa May, and just 8% are dissatisfied.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, said: "The historical contrasts look good for Theresa May, but much more alarming for Jeremy Corbyn.

"The Prime Minister is enjoying a better honeymoon at this stage then her two immediate predecessors, David Cameron and Gordon Brown. However, Corbyn’s ratings as a Labour opposition leader almost 18 months in are closer to Michael Foot’s."

The poll also put the Tories on 40%, with Labour on 29%, the Lib Dems on 13% and Ukip on 9%.