Once again, the UK is facing another general election, and come June 8th, no one really knows who will be our next Prime Minister.
But a new poll suggests that Theresa May, current leader of the Conservative Party, could likely continue as Prime Minister: apparently, she is proving more popular with voters than with any other leader since the late 1970s.
The poll, by market research company Ipsos MORI, has been running since 1979, and has been asking before each general election, who voters believe would make the most capable leader. And this time around, Theresa May scored the highest percentage on record – 61%. Alternatively, just 23% had confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, equating to one in four voters.
Awkwardly, even some Labour supporters believe May would make the better leader of the two, with only 62% of Labour voters stating that they think Corbyn would make the best person to run the country.
May’s ranking even outdoes legendary PM Margaret Thatcher, who gained 48% of the vote, and Tony Blair, who, in his heyday, got a huge 52%.
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said, “The Conservatives’ focus on leadership seems to be working for them – it was a key strength of theirs in 2015, and now their lead has increased even further, while voters also say leadership is a more important issue.
“The commitment of their supporters is also striking, compared with other parties – once again, especially to Theresa May’s leadership.
“This has all helped them to match the biggest lead we’ve ever recorded for the Conservatives in an election campaign, back in 1983.”
The news comes as Jeremy Corbyn revealed that he would not take part in live TV election debates if Theresa May didn’t in the run up to the general election. The current PM has said she wouldn’t be doing them, preferring to go and talk to voters during her campaign.
However, the pair are set to take part in question and answer sessions in front of a live audience.
A spokesman for the Labour leader said, “I don’t think that having a debate among opposition parties in any way aids the objective of giving the British public the chance to see what the real choices are in this election campaign and our challenge is to the Prime Minister to have the strength and guts to face a direct debate with Jeremy Corbyn on the issues facing the country…”