More than two thirds of the British public think the Labour party should change its leader before the next general election in 2020, a report has revealed.
The figure is up from 42 per cent in October 2015 and includes a majority of Labour voters, according to Ipsos MORI’s July Political Monitor.
But the report also reveals there is no clear support for a rival to challenge current leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Just one in five people believe either Mr Corbyn or Angela Eagle, one of his main challengers, have what it takes to be a good Prime Minister.
Twenty-three per cent of the general public agree Mr Corbyn would be a good leader of the country, with 68 per cent disagreeing.
Ms Eagle has an even lower backing among the general public, with just 21 per cent believing she has what it takes to lead the country.
However only 40 per cent disagree that Ms Eagle would be a good Prime Minister, with 24 per cent saying they don't know.
These figures compare with 55 per cent who think Theresa May will be a good Prime Minister - a statement just 27 per cent disagree with.
Among current Labour supporters, backing for both Mr Corbyn and Ms Eagle is also below 50 per cent.
Forty-seven per cent of Labour supporters think Mr Corbyn has what it takes, while 45 per cent disagree.
There is a clear age divide among Labour voters on support for Mr Corbyn, with 40 per cent of 18-34 believing he has what it takes, compared with 16 per cent of those aged over 55.
Meanwhile among current Labour voters just 29% believe Ms Eagle would be a good Prime Minister, with 37% disagreeing.
Among supporters of other parties, 11 per cent believe Mr Corbyn has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister, while 81 per cent disagree.
Meanwhile 18 per cent think Ms Eagle has what it takes, while 43 per cent do not.
In light of the findings, Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “Jeremy Corbyn faces an uphill battle to persuade the public he has what it takes to be a good PM.
"His ratings are similar to Ed Miliband’s a year before the 2015 General Election (and are a long way behind Theresa May).
“Current Labour supporters are split down the middle in their views, although just over half of them think the party should change its leader before the next election.
The most ridiculous claims made about Jeremy Corbyn
The most ridiculous claims made about Jeremy Corbyn
1/11 He called Hezbollah and Hamas ‘friends’
True. In a speech made to the Stop the War Coalition in 2009, Mr Corbyn called representatives from both groups “friends” after inviting them to Parliament. He later told Channel 4 he wanted both groups, who have factions designated as international terror organisations, to be “part of the debate” for the Middle East peace process. “I use (the word ‘friends’) in a collective way, saying our friends are prepared to talk,” he added. “Does it mean I agree with Hamas and what it does? No. Does it mean I agree with Hezbollah and what they do? No.”
2/11 ‘Jeremy Corbyn thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a tragedy’
Partly false. David Cameron used this as a line of attack at the Conservative Party conference but appears to have left out all context from Mr Corbyn’s original remarks. In an 2011 interview on Iranian television, the then-backbencher said the fact the al-Qaeda leader was not put on trial was the tragedy, continuing: “The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”
3/11 He is ‘haunted’ by the legacy of his ‘evil’ great-great-grandfather
False. A Daily Express exposé revealed that the Labour leader’s ancestor, James Sargent, was the “despotic” master of a Victorian workhouse. Addressing the report at the Labour conference, Mr Corbyn said he had never heard of him before, adding: “I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not doing the decent thing and going back in time and having a chat with him about his appalling behaviour.”
4/11 Jeremy Corbyn raised a motion about ‘pigeon bombs’ in Parliament
This one is true. On 21 May 2004, Mr Corbyn raised an early day motion entitled “pigeon bombs”, proposing that the House register being “appalled but barely surprised” that MI5 reportedly proposed to load pigeons with explosives as a weapon. The motion continued: “The House… believes that humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again.” It was not carried.
5/11 He rides a Communist bicycle
False. A report in The Times referred to Mr Corbyn, known for his cycling, riding a “Chairman Mao-style bicycle” earlier this year. “Less thorough journalists might have referred to it as just a bicycle, but no, so we have to conclude that whenever we see somebody on a bicycle from now on, there goes another supporter of Chairman Mao,” he later joked.
6/11 'Jeremy Corbyn will appoint a special minister for Jews'
False so far. The Sun report in December was allegedly based on a “rumour” passed to the paper by a Daily Express columnist who has written pieces critical of the Labour leader in the past. The minister did not materialise in his shadow cabinet.
7/11 ‘Jeremy Corbyn wishes Britain would abolish its Army’
False. Another gem from The Sun took comments made at a Hiroshima remembrance parade in August 2012 where Mr Corbyn supported Costa Rica’s move to abolish it armed forces. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every politician around the world…abolished the army and took pride in the fact that they don’t have an army,” he added. The caveat that “every politician” must take the step suggests Mr Corbyn does not support UK disarmament just yet.
8/11 Jeremy Corbyn stole sandwiches meant for veterans
False. The Guido Fawkes blog claimed that the Labour leader took sandwiches meant for veterans at at Battle of Britain memorial service in September but a photo later emerged showing him being handed one by Costa volunteers, who later confirmed they were given to all guests.
9/11 He missed the induction into the Queen’s privy council
True. After much speculation about Mr Corbyn’s republican views and willingness to bow to the monarch, his office confirmed that he did not attend the official induction to the privy council because of a prior engagement, but did not rule out joining the body.
10/11 Jeremy Corbyn refuses to sing the national anthem.
Partly true. The Labour leader was filmed standing in silence as God Save the Queen was sung at a Battle of Britain remembrance service but will reportedly sing it in future. Mr Corbyn was elusive on the issue in an interview, saying he would show memorials “respect in the proper way”, but sources said he would sing the anthem at future occasions.
11/11 He is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese
True. The group lists its purpose as the following: “To increase awareness of issues surrounding the dairy industry and focus on economic issues affecting the dairy industry and producers.”
“However, at this stage his challenger Angela Eagle also shows little sign of breaking through with the public.”
Mr Corbyn will be on the Labour leadership ballot after the National Executive Committee (NEC) executive ruled he could stand for re-election as party leader regardless of his support from within the party.
Former Shadow Cabinet member Owen Smith has recently confirmed he will also run in the Labour leadership contest.
The date of the leadership election has not yet been announced, but is likely to take place in September.Reuse content