Friday 20 September 2019 3:42 pm

Jeremy Corbyn is the least popular opposition leader since 1977, study reveals

Market research company Ipsos Mori has revealed that Jeremy Corbyn has the lowest satisfaction rating of any opposition leader since 1977.

Using a new political monitor poll, the firm has established that the public are less satisfied with Corbyn than any of the other nine opposition leader since the survey began more than 40 years ago.

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The research showed that more than three quarters of Britons – and counting – are dissatisfied with the way the Labour leader is doing his job, while 41 per cent of Labour supporters are also dissatisfied with him.

Just 21 per cent of those polled felt Corbyn was a ‘capable leader’, with one fifth also believing he was a good representative for Britain on the world stage.

The 70-year-old continues to split opinion in other areas, with 43 per cent of people believing he understands the problems facing the UK, while 45 per cent think he is “out of touch with ordinary people”.

There is also a high dissatisfaction with his dealing of Brexit, with 77 per cent of respondents believing he is doing a bad job with Brexit, including just under half of Labour supporters.

Regarding Brexit specifically, of the 1,006 people interviewed by Ipsos Mori, 43 per cent would support leaving the EU without a deal, while 47 per cent would oppose it.

Three quarters of Conservatives would support leaving without a deal, compared with just 17 per cent of Labour voters, who also strongly support a delay to Brexit and second referendum.

Keiran Pedley, research director at Ipsos Mori, said: “Corbyn’s historically dire personal poll ratings will concern Labour supporters as the party heads into an expected general election.

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“When Tony Blair and David Cameron assumed office from opposition both had positive net satisfaction scores. However, Corbyn was able to significantly improve his personal poll ratings during the 2017 general election campaign so perhaps he will again.

“Whether he can do so against the backdrop of a resurgent Lib Dems and lukewarm public support for his Brexit stance remains to be seen.”