Theresa May poll: Satisfaction rating for Prime Minister 'worst in history' for month after general election

Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken the Prime Minister for the first time

Samuel Osborne
Thursday 20 July 2017 14:26 BST
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Just 34 per cent of adults said they were satisfied with Theresa May, while 59 per cent said they were dissatisfied
Just 34 per cent of adults said they were satisfied with Theresa May, while 59 per cent said they were dissatisfied (Carl Court/Getty)

Theresa May has the lowest satisfaction rating ever recorded for a Prime Minister in the month after an election, according to a new poll.

Jeremy Corbyn overtook Ms May for the first time, according to an Ipsos Mori survey for the London Evening Standard.

Just 34 per cent of adults said they were satisfied with Ms May, while 59 per cent said they were dissatisfied.

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It is her worst result since becoming Prime Minister after David Cameron stood down following the Brexit vote, when she was given a net satisfaction rating of -25.

The poll of 1,071 adults across the UK found 44 per cent said they were satisfied with the Labour leader, one per cent fewer than those who are dissatisfied.

Last month, Mr Corbyn had a net rating of -11.

The only other prime minister to receive a negative rating in the month after an election since the polling organisation began asking the question in 1977 was Tony Blair, who got -13 in 2005 amid the controversy surrounding the Iraq War.

​The poll shows more than a quarter of Conservative voters are dissatisfied with Mrs May, with just 19 per cent of Labour supporters being dissatisfied with Mr Corbyn, in a reversal of the situation from months ago.

However, Ms May was still seen as the most capable Prime Minister by 46 per cent compared with Mr Corbyn's 38 per cent.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos Mori, told the Standard: “The turnaround in Ms May’s ratings is unprecedented in our previous data on prime ministers – from a historic high at the start of the campaign to a historic low just one month after an election, while also seeing her position among her own party supporters weakening and Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign surge continuing.

“Having said that, she still has the edge as most capable PM among over 35s.”

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