Theresa May's is still enjoying a honeymoon period, new polling shows
Just one in four voters are satisfied with Jeremy Corbyn’s performance as leader of the opposition, according to new polling published today.
Conducted by Ipsos-MORI for the Evening Standard, the poll gives the prime minister a net satisfaction rating of +27, with 54 per cent of people saying they are happy with her performance, and 27 per cent unhappy. Although this is an eight point drop from last month, it clearly indicates that the May government is still enjoying a honeymoon period.
In contrast, Corbyn has a net satisfaction score of -31 per cent, with 27 per cent satisfied with his performance and 58 per cent disatisfied.
On key attributes, Corbyn’s approval ratings have fallen since he took over as leader a year ago. Honesty is the one indicator on which he performs more highly then May, while on every other indicator — capable leader, good in a crisis, understands the concerns of ordinary people — he lags well behind.
On voting intention, Labour’s figures have rallied slightly, with 34 per cent to the Conservatives’ 40. And 46 per cent of respondents said they liked the Labour Party, up six points from this time last year.
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI commented:
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“Theresa May’s honeymoon continues for now – she is more liked than David Cameron ever scored, and is an asset to her party in public opinion terms. But for Labour it’s the opposite, and will raise worries about the softness of their vote – although the party is more liked, one in four say they like the party but not the leader, including three in ten Labour supporters.”