Corbyn's personal image ratings fall as he trails Johnson, Hunt and Farage

Ipsos MORI June 2019 Political Monitor reveals that Jeremy Corbyn holds weaker personal poll ratings than Nigel Farage, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson across several leadership attributes and on his approach to Brexit.

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  • Gideon Skinner Head of Political Research
  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Glenn Gottfried Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
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  • Corbyn's personal image ratings fall as he trails Johnson, Hunt and Farage on several key leadership measures
  • Three in four say they do not like Corbyn’s approach to Brexit; six in ten do not like Nigel Farage’s

This month’s Ipsos MORI Political Monitor reveals that Jeremy Corbyn holds weaker personal poll ratings than Nigel Farage, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson across several leadership attributes and on his approach to Brexit.

‘Has what it takes to be a good PM’?

  • Just one in five Britons (22%) agree that Jeremy Corbyn ‘has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister’ (68% disagree) compared with 24% for Nigel Farage (63% disagree). Both Jeremy Hunt (31%) and Boris Johnson (34%) have larger numbers of Britons agreeing that they have ‘what it takes to be a good PM.’
  • This represents little change from Mr Corbyn’s score on this measure in March, when 21% agreed he ‘has what it takes’ and 67 disagreed.
  • Despite the low score, three in five Labour supporters (60%) think Jeremy Corbyn ‘has what it takes to be a good PM’ (up 8 points from March).

Leadership attributes

Leadership attributes

Britons were asked whether a series of personal attributes applied to Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage (data for Johnson and Hunt were released on June 27th). Corbyn’s ratings, which improved after the 2017 General Election, continue to fall while Farage is seen more positively than the Labour leader on several key attributes.

  • A quarter (23%) see Corbyn as a capable leader (down 9 points from April 2018), compared with 32% for Farage. 19% say he’d be good in a crisis (down 6 points) compared with 28% for Farage, and 21% say he has sound judgement (down 10 points) compared with 30% for Farage.Just 16% say Corbyn gives them confidence for Britain’s future compared with 23% for Farage, 39% say Corbyn is patriotic (down 5 points) compared with 55% for Farage and 21% say he’d be a good representative for Britain on the world stage (compared with 27% for Farage.
  • One in five (22%) say that Jeremy Corbyn has a lot of personality (down 17 points) compared with 61% who say the same for Nigel Farage while a quarter (23%) say Corbyn is more style than substance (down 4 points) compared with 46% for Farage.
  • However, Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage are comparable on some attributes, 39% say Corbyn understands the problems facing Britain (down 8 points) compared with 42% for Farage, 47% feel Corbyn and Farage are out of touch with ordinary people (up 8 points for Corbyn), while 32% say Corbyn is more honest than most politicians (down 15 points) compared with 34% for Farage.

Leadership attributes

Confidence in getting a good Brexit deal

  • A quarter of Britons (24%) would be confident that Jeremy Corbyn could get a good deal for Britain in negotiations with other European leaders (down 4 points from September) while 71% say they would not be confident in him.
  • This compares with a third (33%) who would be confident in Nigel Farage getting a good deal in negotiations with the EU leaders (61% say they would not be). 
  • When compared to the Conservative leadership candidates,  41% are confident Boris Johnson would get a good deal for Britain (53% are not confident) and 37% would be confident in Jeremy Hunt getting a good deal (52% are not).
  • Almost two-thirds of current Labour voters have faith in Jeremy Corbyn with 65% confident he could get a good deal from the EU but 29% are not confident. This compares with 62% of Conservative supporters who would be confident in Boris Johnson getting a good deal (33% are not) and 60% who would be confident in Jeremy Hunt (31% are not).

Approach to Brexit

  • Three-quarters (75%) say that they do not like Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit (including 52% of Labour supporters) compared with 58% who do not like Nigel Farage’s approach. By comparison, 53% do not like Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit and 53% do not like Jeremy Hunt’s.
  • Among Labour supporters, seven in ten (73%) say they like Jeremy Corbyn – more than the six in ten Conservative supporters who say they like Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.  However, only 44% of Labour supporters say they like Corbyn’s approach to Brexit – half (52%) do not. 

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

When he was up against Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn’s public image was strongest on honesty, personality and being less out of touch, but his ratings have fallen on all of these, while remaining weak on factors such as being good in a crisis.  This will all make it harder for him to capitalise against the new opponents he will have to face as May’s premiership ends – although in this volatile political situation there is still scope for public opinion to change as events unfold.  He is also behind on Brexit – more Britons dislike his approach to Brexit than that of Messrs Johnson, Hunt and Farage (even half of his own party supporters say they do not like it).

Technical Note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,043 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 21st – 25th 2019.  Data are weighted to the profile of the population. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error. On the basis of the historical record of the polls at recent general elections, there is a 9 in 10 chance that the true value of a party’s support lies within 4 points of the estimates provided by this poll, and a 2 in 3 chance that they lie within 2 points.

The author(s)

  • Gideon Skinner Head of Political Research
  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Glenn Gottfried Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs

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