— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) February 8, 2019
These looks being the worst LAB leader ratings on record
The latest Ipsos-MORI voting intention figure have LAB and CON level pegging which puts the pollsters out of line with Opinium and YouGov which both have CON leads of seven points.
But there’s a shock for the LAB leader in the firm’s satisfaction ratings which have been recorded in every published survey since the 1970s. A total of 72% of those in the sample said they were dissatisfied with Corbyn against just 17% who said said they were satisfied.
I’ve scanned through every poll from the firm since 1977 and cannot find anything that is as bad as this for a LAB leader.
Historically these ratings have been a better pointer to general election outcomes than the voting intention numbers.
The Standard in a commentary notes:
“..It’s not hard to work out why. He has led Labour into the intellectual wilderness, allowed nasty anti-Semitism to flourish, encouraged deselections by the hard Left of moderate MPs, visited the graves of terrorists and made alliances with Venezuelan dictators. But all this was known some time ago.
What is the reason for the more recent collapse in Mr Corbyn’s ratings?
The answer, according to the polling, is his position on Brexit.
A mere 16 per cent think he is providing strong leadership on this central issue facing the country, less than half Mrs May’s rating — 47 per cent of the public think he is acting in his personal interest rather than the national interest. They are right. ..”
Things, of course, could change between now and the next general election and we might look back at this and see it as a low point. But this should be worrying for the party.