First general election poll promises vast Conservative majority

Tory support at its highest since May 2008

The Conservatives have surged to their highest polling lead since May 2008 in the first full poll completed since Theresa May announced the general election.

On headline voting intention, 48 per cent of respondents said they would back the Conservatives if an election were held tomorrow, an increase of four percentage points. Just 24 per cent expressed said they would vote Labour.

According to Electoral Calculus, this would give the Conservatives a majority of up to 190 — even larger than Labour’s 1997 landslide.

Theresa May also hit her highest ever personal approval rating in the YouGov/Times poll, with 54 saying she would make the best prime minister. Just 15 per cent said the same of Jeremy Corbyn, while 31 per cent don’t know.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the public (63 per cent) now expect a Conservative majority. Four per cent overall predict a Labour majority, including just 12 per cent of Labour’s own voters.

See: Campaign gets off to a slow start with stilted PMQs – but Corbyn’s attacks on May hit home

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