Poll: Public rates Theresa May higher than Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has endured a rocky few weeks. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has endured a rocky few weeks. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is 13 percentage points behind the Tories, according to an opinion poll which suggests the public rates Theresa May more highly than the Opposition leader.

According to the TNS BMRB survey, 44 per cent of people think Theresa May is a better leader for Britain than Jeremy Corbyn (16 per cent).  It also gives the Conservative party a 13 point lead over Labour.

The poll puts support for the Conservatives at 39 per cent, Labour 26 per cent, Ukip at 11 per cent, the Lib Dems at 10 per cent and the Greens at seven percent.

Support for Theresa May is strongest amongst women over 55, with 68 per cent thinking she makes the best leader for Britain and only nine per centof this group thinking Jeremy Corbyn would be best.

More than half of those interviewed (54 per cent) said they thought Theresa May is performing well as leader of the Conservative Party.  In contrast, over half (51 per cent) of those surveyed said JeremyCorbyn is not performing in his job as leader of the Labour Party.  Indeed, 45 per cent of those who voted for Labour at the last general election say he is performing badly in his role as party leader.

A large number of those interviewed (43%) were uncertain about the future of the Labour party. Only a quarter (24%), think the Labour party can survive its current divisions while a third (33%) believe the Labour Party will split. 

The survey of 1,199 adults also asked about Brexit negotiations and reveals a nation polarised on whether the government’s negotiations will be a success.

Almost half (47 per cent) are confident in the ability of the government to negotiate these deals, while 40 per cent are not.  

Confidence is twice as high amongst those that voted ‘Leave’ compared to those that voted to ‘Remain’ (72 per cent versus 35 per cent).