General election poll: Theresa May's approval ratings plummet as majority of people dissatisfied with her leadership

The findings suggest 50 per cent of people are dissatisfied with the prime minister, while only 43 per cent are satisfied

Friday 02 June 2017 23:15
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Theresa May speaks to workers during a general-election campaign tour stop at Ultima Furniture Systems Ltd. in Pontefract
Theresa May speaks to workers during a general-election campaign tour stop at Ultima Furniture Systems Ltd. in Pontefract

Theresa May’s personal approval ratings have plummeted and for the first time more people are dissatisfied with her leadership than satisfied with it, according to a new poll.

The findings suggest 50 per cent of people are dissatisfied with Ms May while only 43 per cent are satisfied - her lowest ratings to date.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meanwhile, has gained 23 points on Ms May in the last month, as her personal rating fell by 11 points.

General Election polls and projections: June 2

The poll compiled by Ipsos MORI, asked who would make a better prime minister.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at the firm, said there had been a “big hit” to Ms May’s popularity in the last two weeks.

“Here’s more evidence of the Conservatives’ wobbly week, with Labour improving again and the last two weeks of campaigning seeing a big hit to the Prime Minister’s personal ratings,” he said.

The findings come at the end of tough week for the Prime Minister, who was roundly criticised for refusing to take part in an election debate with other party leaders.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, attended in her place.

Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip has described Ms May as the Tory party’s “biggest liability”.

"I think as the campaign has gone on, she has gone from being their biggest asset to being their biggest liability," he told Sky News."It's quite tough to believe anything she says."

A string of national polls have indicated the huge lead Ms May had over Mr Corbyn has been cut drastically, while seat projections have pointed to a hung parliament.

Voting intention compiled by YouGov put the Tories in the lead on 42 per cent and Labour three points behind on 39.

When Ms May first called the general election, her Conservative Party had a 24 point lead.

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