Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM Can't Get No Satisfaction: May Plunges to New Low in Ratings ... Behind Corbyn

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM Can't Get No Satisfaction: May Plunges to New Low in Ratings ... Behind Corbyn

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor EXCLUSIVE

THERESA MAY hit a new low today, with a poll showing that her satisfaction rating among voters is the worst for any modern-day Prime Minister immediately after an election.

Just 34 per cent of adults say they are satisfied with Mrs May, with 59 per cent dissatisfied, according to the Ipsos MORI survey for the Standard.

This is her worst result since becoming Prime Minister last year after the Brexit vote and gives her a net satisfaction rating of minus 25. Far more younger people, aged 18 to 34, than pensioners were unimpressed with Mrs May.

Ipsos MORI has been asking the satisfaction question since 1977. The only other Prime Minister to have a negative rating in the month after an election was Tony Blair, at minus 13 in 2005 amid a backlash against the Iraq war.

Despite the grim findings for Mrs May, she is still seen as the most capable Prime Minister compared with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. This will reinforce fears among some Labour MPs that despite the support Mr Corbyn has won recently, he may never get into No 10 and the party will be in opposition for at least another decade.

Mrs May's figures have plummeted since a poll carried out a week before the June 8 election. At that point she was already mired in controversy over social care and school funding, for not taking part in TV debates with Mr Corbyn and for her original U-turn to call the election. Her net satisfaction rating then was minus seven.

Adding to her woes today, Mr Corbyn has scored his best rating and overtaken her for the first time. Forty-four per cent of adults say they are satisfied with the Labour leader just one percentage point less than those who are dissatisfied. This compares with a net rating of minus 11 last month.

Mr Corbyn is winning over people aged 18 to 34 in large numbers but not mirroring this among people aged over 55. His doing-a-good-job rating among Labour supporters is also ahead of Mrs May's among Tories. Three quarters of Labour backers are satisfied with him, compared with almost two thirds of Conservatives for Mrs May. …

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