Theresa May boosted today by news that three times as many voters prefer her to Corbyn
Overall, 55 per cent of those interviewed prefer her as PM compared to just 18 per cent backing Mr Corbyn – a commanding 37 point lead for the incumbent.
In a further blow to the embattled Mr Corbyn, fewer than four in 10 – 38 per cent – of people who voted Labour in the 2015 general election picked him as better PM material.
In stark contrast, Mrs May was favoured by 89 per cent of those who voted Tory in 2015.
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The Prime Minister was also the only person in a list of British and overseas politicians to secure a performance rating of over 50, on a scale where zero denoted “terrible” and 100 “excellent”.
She was ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who voters gave 46.1 rating to.
Mr Corbyn had a success score of 29.3 per cent, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron 28.6, US President Donald Trump 23.5 and Ukip leader Paul Nuttall 19.6.
Overall, 55 per cent of those interviewed prefer her as PM compared to just 18 per cent
The poor showings for Mr Corbyn will intensify despair among many Labour MPs and activists about the party’s prospects under the hard-left politician’s leadership and with local elections in England, Wales and Scotland less than a month away.
The survey was based on responses by some 10,000 people interviewed online and in focus groups for former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Ashcroft’s polling organisation.
Analysis of those voters who had a clear preference for one party when asked to say how likely they were to back it in a 2020 general election indicated that support for the Conservatives stands at 41 per cent – up from 38 per cent at the 2015 election – with 28 per cent backing for Labour, compared to the 31 per cent of votes it achieved in 2015.
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Donald Trump was given a rating of 28.6
Ukip had 10 per cent backing and the Lib Dems 9 per cent.
Looking ahead to Brexit where Mrs May will soon start negotiations in earnest with the rest of the European Union, people were split on whether the UK would be better off – 42 per cent – or worse, 40 per cent, outside the bloc.
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But nearly half, 45 per cent, including more than a third of those who voted Remain in last year’s referendum, said the Tories best represented their view of how the UK should handle the process and its future relationship with the EU.
Voters of all parties favoured prioritising immigration control over securing access to the single market, by 42 to 34 per cent.
Both Leave and Remain voters said Brexit was the most important issue for the country as a whole but only 39 per cent saw the EU negotiations as one of the top three issues for their own families, compared to the NHS which was most important for 58 per cent, and the cost of living which 53 per cent identified.