Polls show mountain to climb as Labour publishes its manifesto

Just two regions are projected to vote for Labour

As the Labour Party launches its manifesto today, polling published yesterday for Good Morning Britain should be a sober reminder of the mountain that the party has yet to climb in an ever shorter amount of time.

Getting past the headline voting intentions which show a considerable Conservative lead over Labour, the Lib Dems not making any real progress and UKIP in free fall, the findings show the extent to which Jeremy Corbyn remains the biggest obstacle to electoral success for Labour.

Asked which of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn would make the best Prime Minister, among all respondents, May leads by 60 per cent compared to the 21 per cent who would prefer Mr Corbyn at Number 10.

Dig deeper and it is clear that across all age groups — the younger and the older — Theresa May also leads Corbyn as the preferred Prime Minister. More worryingly still, while 95 per cent of Conservative voters say they would prefer Theresa May as Prime Minister, just 57 per cent of Labour voters say the same about Jeremy Corbyn. Indeed, 20 per cent of Labour voters indicated that they would prefer Theresa May to return to Downing Street following the election.

Asked who they would most trust to deliver on certain issues, Theresa May leads Corbyn as the leader most trusted to deliver Brexit, protect the NHS, manage the economy and ‘promote a fairer society’.

Meanwhile, YouGov have, for the first time, collated polling data to publish maps showing how each region of Britain is likely to vote, compared to 2015.

In another bleak assessment, it suggests that just two regions, the North East and London can be shaded in red for Labour, with the North West seeing Labour and the Conservatives neck and neck.

Other than that, everything in England and Wales is a sea of blue, with Scotland coloured bright yellow for the SNP.

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor at Left Foot Forward

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5 Responses to “Polls show mountain to climb as Labour publishes its manifesto”

  1. Madasafish

    “Asked who they would most trust to deliver on certain issues, Theresa May leads Corbyn as the leader most trusted to deliver Brexit, protect the NHS, manage the economy and ‘promote a fairer society’.”

    What do you expect when Labour are so dysfunctional when they choose as Leader a Man who cannot organise a decent Opposition to the Government? As being in Opposition is a cakewalk compared to running the country , this poll shows that generally voters have more common sense that Labour Party members who elected Corbyn twice.

  2. MrPractical

    Ignore your political views.Labours position on Brexit and Trident are so muddled as to be totally unclear to voters.This kind of confusion added to a belief that somehow the numbers never work
    especially given recent budget deficits and missing the pulse on a desire to reduce immigration mean it’s a miracle if Labour poll above 25%

  3. Rob

    Of course the manifesto is popular and Corbyn isn’t. The tory led media have waged an incessant, corrupt, fraudulent campaign of intimidation and ridicule against him ever since he led the polls for new Labour leader after Millibrain.
    The Labour party has many more members than any other but the fight to turn Labour back into a socialist party of the people and away from the torylite Bliar revamp which may have won power but was no friend or representative of the people is in full swing.
    There was never any chance of anyone being able to lead Labour to victory so soon after Brexit. This election is about Brexit and Corbyn blew it by bowing to PLP pressure to support Remain. He should have declared a free vote and allowed all Labour party members to choose their side free from party pressure to tow a party line. Especially after the Scottish independence fiasco.
    Corbyn is campaigning for 2022. He is campaigning to keep Labour reorientated towards its historical, socialist roots. The red tories will not give up easily but may have no choice after the election despite rabid attacks on Corbyn afterwards.

  4. ted francis

    Gentlemen, I’m not sure where your “facts” come from but the Labour manifesto clearly states support for Trident. As I understand it, the Labour position closely mirrors that of the Government, the best and fairest deal in our national interest. The essential difference, I feel, is in approach. The Government approach as espoused by Therese May and others is swinging a blunt instrument backed by coercive statements. Unsurprisingly, the European backs have been well and truly pushed very high. The Labour and indeed Lib-Dem, seems to be one of calm, reasoned negotiation.
    For the record, as far as political inclination is concerned, I’m a “floater” centrist. I have to confess though that the Lynton Crosby-style of cynical populist hustings reminds one too much of Trumpery.

  5. Jean Baptiste

    I’ve made up my mind i’m voting conservative.

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