Theresa May Is Almost As Unpopular As Jeremy Corbyn Once Was

The latest favourability ratings show there's been a sharp turnaround for the two leaders

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After the general election ended in a hung parliament, it was clear that the Prime Minister's attempt to seek support had backfired. A week later, new research has shown just how much the election has damaged the public perception of Theresa May and the Conservative party.

The latest data from polling company YouGov suggests that May is almost as unpopular as Jeremy Corbyn had been before the election campaign got under way, when the Conservative lead over Labour was more than twenty points.

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In April, before the general election was announced, May had a net favourability rating of +10. By the end of May, this fell to -5 and after the election result, it has now reached -34.

Meanwhile, Corbyn has experienced the reverse, with a surge in his approval ratings. In November last year, he scored -35, and his rating fell to a low of -42 in late April, just after the election was called.

Now, the Labour leader's score is +0, which means as many people have a favourable view of him as have an unfavourable view. And there's an even more positive picture amongst those who voted Labour in the last election. The proportion of 2015 Labour voters with a positive impression of their leader rose from 40% to 75% from late April to mid-June.

In comparison, May was seen favourably by 85% of 2015 Conservative voters in late April. This has now fallen to 57%.

After his party ousted a number of Tory MPs with previously safe constituencies across the country, Corbyn said it was sign that Labour had "changed the face of British politics".

Speaking from his home in Islington on election night, he said: "Our team has worked so hard on this campaign - from door knocking to social media - and it's great we have won so much support across the country. Whatever the final result, our positive campaign has changed politics for the better."