Labour still ahead in latest political poll

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The latest Opinium poll for The Observer states that Labour, on 43 per cent, has a lead of three points over the Conservatives, who are on 40 per cent.

What do you think? Are these figures skewed by the summer recess?

Theresa May still has a negative approval rating, with 48 per cent disapproving of the way she is handling her job and 31 per cent approving. However this has improved from a net rating of -21 per cent in July to -17 per cent this month. By comparison, Jeremy Corbyn’s ratings have dropped from +4 per cent last month to -5 per cent this month.

Generally the public think the economy will take a hit in the short term but will balance out in the long term due to Brexit. In the next two years, two-fifths (39 per cent) think they will be financially worse off due to Brexit and only 13 per cent think they’ll be better off. But in 10 years’ time more or less equal numbers think they’ll be better or worse off (31 per cent vs 30 per cent) respectively).

Trust in the Conservatives to lead the Brexit negotiations has dropped from 39 per cent in June to 33 per cent in August, although they remain ahead of Labour with 21 per cent who trust them most to lead the negotiations.

The public broadly disapprove of how Theresa May is handling Brexit: 47 per cent disapprove and only 28 per cent approve.

Source: Political Polling 15th August 2017

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  1. Giri Arulampalam August 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I am a bit lost here. The next Labour government in 5 years’ time(2022)?

    • Mike Sivier August 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Or later this year.

  2. Giri Arulampalam August 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    We had the Election on 8 June 2017. The Tories won. Is there some kind of confusion? If so, the Court system(the Judiciary-Judicial Review) is there to challenge the democratic process(in the case of anomalies)!

    • Mike Sivier August 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Nobody won the general election of June 2017.
      The Conservatives lost their majority and are trying to hold onto power in a tenuous confidence and supply agreement with the hard-right DUP.
      But they will find it almost impossible to win any votes in Parliament as this will require every single Conservative MP to be present at every single vote, and this cannot be done; ministers must be elsewhere at times, simply to go about their duties.
      There will be no “pairing” agreements in this Parliament.
      It is only a matter of time until a confidence vote is called. Afterwards, we will have a Labour government to put right the disasters of recent neoliberal history.
      Whether that happens in 2022 or later this year is the only matter for speculation.

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