Jeremy Corbyn Plummets In Polls As Theresa May Surges Ahead Of Labour Leadership Election

The one thing people think he is is honest.

15/09/2016 12:52
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Jeremy Corbyn trailed far behind Theresa May in the newest opinion poll

Jeremy Corbyn has been delivered a crushing verdict on his leadership after voters overwhelmingly backed Theresa May on nine out of ten counts in a new poll. 

The Labour leader’s ratings for being a “capable leader” and “understanding the problems facing Britain” have sunk dramatically since he first took office a year ago

Just 18% of those polled said Corbyn was “good in a crisis”, meaning he has fallen five points since the question was asked last year.

May notched up the support of 52% of people.

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Jeremy Corbyn vs Theresa May

May bested Corbyn on having sound judgement, being patriotic and was even branded more in touch with ordinary people than her adversary. 

Corbyn did trump May on one count - honesty - beating her by a margin of 8%, but the figure was 2 points down on his score in September 2015. 

He fell back most heavily on having “a lot of personality” and “a clear vision for Britain” but surged by 12% on being viewed as patriotic. Corbyn was accused of “snubbing” the Queen and dishonouring the war-dead a month after becoming leader last year.

The damning Ipsos MORI survey comes a week after Labour suffered the second largest deficit of any opposition party in the history of opinion polling. 

Only in 1998, when William Hague was elected Tory leader a year into Tony Blair’s premiership, was a bigger rift seen - when Labour enjoyed a 25-point lead.

The poll of polls

Labour MP Mike Gapes despaired at the news, writing in a post on Twitter that “This is not a happy anniversary for our party.”

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