Jeremy Corbyn’s approval ratings hit the floor in Scotland

Corbyn made a Scottish Labour recovery a key goal. How's that going?


Amid a flurry of polls all pointing to disaster for Labour without a change of course, the picture in Scotland is a complete disaster.

In August of last year during the last leadership contest, Jeremy Corbyn identified a recovery in Scotland as one of his key goals. For all the efforts put in by Kezia Dugdale north of the border, the evidence is that despite the rhetoric, Corbyn has become a handicap to Labour’s chances of a Scottish revival.

YouGov polling has given Corbyn a net approval rating across Scotland of -36, and -47 among 2015 Labour voters. Among 2015 Labour voters, just 19 per cent think he is doing well – a fall of 14 points since early May.

His national numbers are, YouGov notes ‘boosted by the fact that more SNP voters (31 per cent) think he is doing well than Labour voters.’ Behind Corbyn, Kezia Dugdale has a net approval rating of -15.

Contrast that with Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, who has a net approval rating of +31 and Nicola Sturgeon with a net approval rating of +34.

Theresa May meanwhile enjoys a considerable leads when voters in Scotland were asked about key characteristics. 66 per cent see her as strong; 62 per cent say she is competent and 53 per cent say that she is in control.

The new Prime Minister has commanding leads in key characteristics – she is seen as strong by 66 per cent.

The only area in which May performs poorly is on likeability, with more people thinking she is dislikeable (35 per cent vs 30 per cent).

With figures like these, it’s no wonder that Owen Smith has raised concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to engage in the arguments about national identify in Scotland, Wales and England which are so vital to the future of the United Kingdom as it currently stands.

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor at Left Foot Forward

See: Nearly a third of Labour voters prefer Theresa May to Jeremy Corbyn

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14 Responses to “Jeremy Corbyn’s approval ratings hit the floor in Scotland”

  1. CR

    This says more about the disruption to the Party casused by the rebel Blairite MPs than Corbyn

  2. Frann Leach

    Poor Jeremy suffers from the fact that he’s been bullied and hounded from day 1 of his leadership by MPs, MSPs and other who should know better. This doesn’t make his party more electable, though the Bliarites claim otherwise, of course.

    In addition, in Scotland, there are very few real Labour MSPs, most are Bliarite, a philosophy that goes down in Scotland like a lead balloon. There’s also the small matter of a Labour Branch Office manager in Kezia Dugdale who is incapable of making up her mind about her local party’s policies, and when she attempts to exercise leadership sounds more like a two-year-old about to scweam and scweam and scweam if her MSPs don’t listen to her. The only reason she got the job is because it’s a poison chalice nobody wants, and she’s right wing so can get the votes.

    If Jeremy hadn’t said that independence was out for Scotland, he’d have a much higher approval rating. Most of us respect his policies, apart from that one.

  3. Ross Armour

    More evidence to suggest the Corbyn project isn’t working. I for one was willing to give Jeremy a chance and by moving to the left, I thought we would win back support in Scotland. We need to at least start doing that if we are to have any chance at the next general election. Time for a change

  4. Eric

    Frann, the picture you paint of Labour and Scotland is so far from reality I originally thought you must have mixed up countries or something but reading your post again I can see you’re a troll. I’m guessing the variety who have deluded themselves into thinking that an independent Scotland would suddenly become the socialist paradise you obviously crave for.

    The reality is of course that at the last Holyrood election the two parties that did well were the two parties that refused to raise tax or re distribute wealth in any form whatsoever, the SNP and the tories. Labour, The Greens and the Lib Dems all wanted to raise taxes. The Scots went out in droves and voted for the low tax parties. For all the big talk about Scots being great socialists once they’re in the polling station they vote tory or tory lite.

  5. Matt

    Ms Leach’s comments are rude and offensive. Bout what we have come to expect from the Corbynistas. Totally deluded to blame Corbyn,s unpopularity on the actions of the PLP. #notacult

  6. Alex Wilson

    This constant attack on workers from Left Foot Forward has to stop. You should rename the blog Neo-Liberal Foot Forward.

  7. christina evans

    wonder why tories are in second place and labour trailing third. suspect SNP are like marmite, people either love them or hate them. Tories are SNP opposition, they are party in power and people who dont support SNP will support tories.. In Scotland, its between the tories and SNP. It is like Liberal democrats in England, they are not percieved as a threat, it is between tories and labour, in scotland its between Tories and SNP

  8. Peter A Bell

    So British Labour’s sordid internecine warfare continues. Intent as he is on sniping at Corbyn with his wee opinion poll gun, what Ed Jacobs fails to recognise is that it is all becoming less and less relevant to Scottish politics with every passing day. British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) signed its own death warrant when it decided to go into an alliance with the Tories. It sealed its fate when it chose to put the British state and its structures of power, privilege and patronage before the needs, aspirations and priorities of Scotland’s people. Anybody who imagines that a change of boss is going to reverse the plummeting fortunes of “Scottish Labour” or help its hapless “leader” is seriously out of touch with Scotland’s increasingly distinctive political culture.

    And there’s a short passage in the article which seems to confirm the lack of awareness that afflicts its author. Ed Jacobs offers the following odd little gobbet,

    “For all the efforts put in by Kezia Dugdale north of the border, the evidence is that despite the rhetoric, Corbyn has become a handicap to Labour’s chances of a Scottish revival.”

    Which seems to imply that Dugdale has been working on her boss’s behalf. It appears to suggest that she has been actively supporting Jeremy Corbyn, and that his decline in popularity is despite her “rhetoric”. It may also be taken as suggesting that Dugdale has been doing something to lift BLiS out of the doldrums. None of which bears any relation to the reality here on the ground in Scotland. Dugdale is as guilty as anyone in British Labour of disloyalty to the party’s democratically elected leader. And if she’s been active in making her branch office operation more effective then her efforts have evidently been in vain, and have certainly gone unnoticed by this commentator.

    It’s unclear what is going to happen to British Labour in England. But here in Scotland it is very evident that there is going to be no “revival”. British Labour in Scotland is finished.

  9. John MacKinnon

    As Alex Wilson indicates, this blog is badly mis-named. I came to it expecting some leftist views, but I have been sadly disappointed. If you don’t like his suggestion, at least make it “Right Foot Forward” or “Right-pretending-to-be-left Foot Forward” to avoid further confusion.

  10. Dave Armstrong

    Peter – the Scottish people decided by 55/45 that their “needs, aspirations and priorities” would not be served by the SNP and its very own “dodgy dossier” AKA their White Paper. Socialists value internationalism before nationalism, so we care about people struggling in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as in Scotland. Re the Scottish elections, it should be pointed out that Labour actually came second in constituency votes, ahead of the Conservatives, and won 3 of them, so not a complete wipeout as some commentators suggested.

  11. uglyfatbloke

    The tories hardly improved their vote at all, it’s just that Labour did so very badly.

  12. Arthurfaeleith

    Dave Armstrong – if socialists value internationalism before nationalism, how do you square that with Labour’s British nationalism? Is it like your own? Where you pretend it doesn’t exist? Why does your concern for the workers not extend to Dublin? Or France? Or China? Why is it that only Scots need to subjugate themselves to Westminster rule? Why not the Irish? Why not the French?

  13. Roddy Lonie

    Peter A Bell. If you’re logic is correct and Labour ‘signed its own death warrant’ when it went into alliance with the Tories, then why no reaction when the SNP were in a de facto coalition with the Tories for….well most of my lifetime, but more recently 2007-11( to carry through a series of measures that reduce govt income and ease life for the middle class at the expense of the most vulnerable. (Prescription charges, bridge tolls, CT freeze, tuition fees)…..and of course the most recent example where by the Tories and the SNP stood to vote down progressive amendments on taxation for public services? There is more to being on the left than rhetorical attacks on the Toories!

    I think you may be correct that Labour are in dire straits north of the border, but I would remind you that social democratic parties are in serious crisis all over Europe. Scotland has now followed England to the center right, the dreaded Toories are now the official opposition and on the march, the SNP are a caught on a hook, the neo-liberal wet dream of ‘Scotland’s Future’ is now revealed as fantasy and the blame Westminster for everything routine is becoming an increasingly threadbare excuse for doing nothing. Anyone who thinks the SNP are a vehicle for radical change is simply deluded.

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