Four in ten think Labour and Conservatives should change leader before 2020's General Election

Jeremy Corbyn's period at the helm of the Labour Party continues to attract both supporters and critics, Ipsos's latest Political Monitor reveals.

Jeremy Corbyn’s period at the helm of the Labour Party continues to attract both supporters and critics, Ipsos’s latest Political Monitor reveals. Four in ten (42%) think the Labour Party should change their leader ahead of the 2020 General Election, while three in ten (31%) disagree.  Under Ed Miliband in June 2014, 49% said Labour should change their leader, while 30% disagreed. The proportion of people both satisfied and dissatisfied with Jeremy Corbyn has also increased over the past month. Thirty-seven per cent are satisfied with his performance (up four), while 39% are dissatisfied (up three), giving a net satisfaction score of -2. There are substantially different levels of support for Jeremy Corbyn through the age groups. Over half (57%) of those aged 18-34 are satisfied with him, but this falls to 22% of those aged 55+, 52% of whom are critical of the Labour leader. Meanwhile, in the wake of David Cameron’s announcement that he will not seek a third term, more people agree the Conservatives should change their leader than before the last election. Four in ten (39%) think the Party should change its leader ahead of 2020. In June 2014, this figure stood at a quarter (27%). Four in ten (42%) remain satisfied with his performance as Prime Minister, while 51% are dissatisfied, similar to last month. Only a quarter (25%) think UKIP should change leader before the next election, with a similar proportion (27%) saying the same about the Liberal Democrats.  Nigel Farage has seen an increase in his satisfaction ratings to 45%, his highest level in our trends, while half are still to make up their mind about Tim Farron. The Conservatives keep a lead in voting intentions.  Our headline voting figures have the Conservatives on 36%, Labour on 32%, UKIP on 12% and the Liberal Democrats on 10%.  

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos said:

"Jeremy Corbyn continues to divide opinion, with relatively high levels of both supporters and critics this early in his reign. In particular, old and young people have almost exactly opposing views of him - the Conservatives did well among older voters in the last election, so winning them over will be key"


Technical note

Ipsos interviewed a representative sample of 1,021 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 17-19 October 2015.  Data are weighted to the profile of the population.


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