Conservatives seen as less united than in January - but still more so than Labour

Ipsos MORI's June Political Monitor reveals that one in four (24%) believes the Conservative party is the most clear and united party while just 13% think this of the Labour party.

Conservatives seen as less united than in January - but still more so than Labour

Ipsos MORI’s June Political Monitor reveals that one in four (24%) believes the Conservative party is the most clear and united party while just 13% think this of the Labour party. Although the Conservatives are ahead of Labour on this attribute David Cameron’s party has seen a decline since January when one in three (33%) said the Conservatives were most clear and united. The poll also reveals one in nine (11%) think UKIP is most clear and united while one in five (24%) think no party is and 17% have no opinion.

 

Mr Cameron can take some comfort that the public also see his party as having the best team of leaders to deal with the country’s problems, although again the lead over Labour has narrowed. Thirty-six percent opt for the Conservatives as having the best team of leaders (down from 43% in January) and one in five (19%) say this for Labour (up from 16%). One in five (19%) say no party has a good team of leaders while 17% don’t know.

 

David Cameron has seen an improvement since May in the number of those satisfied with his job as Prime Minister. One in three (35%) say they are satisfied with Mr Cameron (up 4 points) while three in five (58%) are dissatisfied (down 3 points). Fewer are satisfied with Jeremy Corbyn’s performance as leader of the Labour party with 27% saying they are satisfied (down 4 points) and more than half (52%) dissatisfied (up 2 points) leaving him with a net satisfaction score of -25 (his lowest since elected Labour leader). David Cameron’s satisfaction rating is slightly better than Jeremy Corbyn’s when it comes to the support of their own parties. Seven in ten (69%) Conservatives are satisfied with David Cameron (27% dissatisfied) compared with half (50%) of Labour voters satisfied with Mr Corbyn (35% are dissatisfied). Nigel Farage fares best overall with 38% satisfied with his performance as UKIP leader and 44% dissatisfied giving him a net satisfaction score of -6. Tim Farron has still yet to make ground with the British public with one in five (19%) satisfied with his job as Liberal Democrat leader, one in three dissatisfied (32%) while half (49%) say they don’t know.

The public has become slightly less pessimistic about the economy. One in five (19%) say it will improve in the next 12 months (up 1 point) while three in ten (29%) say it will get worse (down 9 points) giving an Ipsos MORI Economic Optimism Index score of -10.

 

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said:

“Many Britons distrust politicians’ claims on both sides of the EU campaign, and the Conservatives in particular are seen as less united than before. But Labour is not benefiting much in turn, as Jeremy Corbyn’s ratings fall to his lowest since elected leader – instead there is a rise in ‘none of the above”

Technical note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,257 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 11th – 14th June 2016. This month we have introduced some methodological changes, including educational attainment quotas and weights, and basing voting figures on all registered and with our standard turnout filter. See here for more information.

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