The week from hell of UK Prime Minister Theresa May is closing with more bad news, as a Sunday’s poll for the Independent places Labour 5 points ahead of her ruling Conservative Party.
The BMG Research poll reveals that the Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn, with a decisive lead on the Tories, gained 4 points to reach an approval rating of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the Conservatives, lost 2 points to drop to 37 percent.
According to the poll, Corbyn is favoured over May when it comes to suitability to serve as prime minister. His approval rating has increased by 4 points to 32 percent, while May has decreased 2 points to an approval rating of 30 percent.
A separate poll that was published by the Telegraph on Saturday discovered that public confidence in the government’s handling of Brexit is at an all-time low, with about two-thirds of the people disapproving of how the negotiations are being managed.
The figures reflect the contrasting fortunes of the conferences of both parties in recent weeks. Corbyn enjoyed a triumphant Labour Party Conference that strengthened his control of the party. Meanwhile, Theresa May saw her authority threatened during the Conservative Party Conference, struggled through an embarrassing speech, and met an aborted coup from various members of her own party.
Worryingly for May, both the polls of the Telegraph and the Independent were conducted before the Conservative Party Conference started. Party members will undoubtfully be concerned that the popularity of May and her government has slipped even further since then.