Poll woe for Labour as voters reject Jeremy Corbyn

Posted On: 
26th August 2016

The Conservatives have stretched their lead over Labour - as a new poll showed barely one-in-five voters want Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister.

Just 19% of voters prefer Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May as Prime Minister
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The YouGov survey of general election voting intentions put the Tories on 40%, up two points on a week ago. Labour are on 29%, down one point on their last poll.

Ukip are unchanged on 13% and the Lib Dems are down one point on 8%.

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In a further blow for Labour, the pollsters also found that 50% of voters believe Theresa May is the best Prime Minister, when given a choice between her and Jeremy Corbyn.

Just 19% plumped for the Labour leader, while 31% said they don't know.

YouGov said: "With the ballot papers out for the Labour leadership contest, Labour members will be dismayed to see the party’s rating in the polls dipping below the 30% mark once again."

Mr Corbyn has previously blamed rebel MPs for Labour's poll slump, claiming the party was ahead until they tried to unseat him in the wake of the EU referendum.