More Labour voters happy with Theresa May than with Jeremy Corbyn, poll suggests

Posted On: 
17th August 2016

More Labour voters are satisfied with Theresa May than they are with Jeremy Corbyn, according to a new poll.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
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Some 45% of Labour supporters thought Mrs May was doing a good job as Prime Minister, while 39% were happy with their own party leader's performance.

Meanwhile, 47% of Labour voters were dissatisfied with Mr Corbyn, while 29% said the same about Mrs May, according to the survey by pollsters Ipsos Mori for the Evening Standard.

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The new figures also put the Conservatives 11 points ahead of Labour - their biggest lead in an Ipsos Mori poll since 2009.

The Tories were on 45%, with Labour on 34%, the Liberal Democrats on 7% and UKIP on 6%.

More than half the public (54%) said they were satisfied by Mrs May's first month in the job, while one in five (19%) said they were dissatisfied.

It gives her a higher net satisfaction rating than John Major and Gordon Brown after their first months in the top job, but does not trump Tony Blair's first month after his 1997 landslide, when 65% were satisfied and only 5% dissatisfied.

But just 25% said they were satisfied with Mr Corbyn's performance, compared with 58% who were dissatisfied – giving him a slightly better net result than the previous month.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “It’s not unusual for a new Prime Minister to experience a honeymoon with voters, even if it doesn’t last - this is certainly the case for Theresa May.

“What is notable  is the extent of her lead over her opponent Jeremy Corbyn, in the way the public rates them in doing their job.”

Mr Corbyn has consistently blamed Labour MPs protesting his leadership for the party's plummeting poll results.

Responding to grim numbers last month, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn's leadership campaign said: "Before the attempts began to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Labour and the Tories were neck-and-neck in the polls.

"The actions of a few, at a time of national crisis, have damaged the party in the short term."

But the data suggests any challenge Labour posed to the Tories was slight and short-lived.