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LONDON – UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s week from hell is ending with more bad news, as a poll for the Independent on Sunday puts Labour 5 points ahead of her ruling Conservative Party.
The BMG Research poll shows Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party with a decisive lead on the Tories, gaining 4 points to reach a 42% approval rating. The Conservatives, meanwhile, lost 2 points to fall to 37%.
Corbyn is preferred to May when it comes to suitability to be prime minister, according to the poll. His approval rating has risen by 4 points to 32%, while May has fallen 2 points to a 30% approval rating.
A separate poll published by the Telegraph on Saturday found public confidence in the government’s handling of Brexit at an all-time low, with around two-thirds of people disapproving of how negotiations are being handled.
The numbers reflect the contrasting fortunes of both parties’ conferences in recent weeks. Corbyn enjoyed a jubilant Labour Party Conference that cemented his control of the party. Meanwhile, Theresa May saw her authority undermined during the Conservative Party Conference, struggled through a humiliating speech, and faced an aborted coup from some members of her own party.
Worryingly for May, both the Independent and the Telegraph’s polls were conducted before the Conservative Party Conference began. Party members will no doubt be worried that May and her government’s popularity has slipped even further since then.