Labour leap past disunited Tories as voters turn on May
A shock new poll commissioned by the Observer has shown support for the Conservatives dropping to the lowest point since July 2016.
The Tories have fallen to by six points to 36 per cent, while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour stands at 40 per cent.
Theresa May’s popularity has also plummeted, falling from -8 per cent in June to -24 per cent now, 12 per cent lower than Corbyn's.
Commentators have pointed to a resurgence in UKIP as evidence that Theresa May’s softer Brexit strategy is alienating the Conservatives’ core vote, leaving the Conservatives vulnerable on both sides on the Brexit divide.
The public’s increasing skepticism of May over Brexit also spells trouble for the Conservatives, with more than 51 per cent of those polled viewing Brexit as the biggest issue confronting British politics at present.
If the swing was replicated in a general election, Tory big-hitters such as Iain Duncan Smith, Zac Goldsmith and Theresa Villiers would struggle to retain their seats, while Labour could expect to win an additional fifty seats on their 2017 result.
Although the poll will increase pressure for a Tory leadership challenge, the electorate are divided on who they wish to replace May.
When asked who would be the best prime minister from among the likely Tory candidate, Boris Johnson comes out top with 12 per cent, followed by Jacob Rees-Mogg on 10 per cent. About 25 per cent of those polled said “none of these” and 22 per cent did not know.