Theresa May might be able to cling on for a few more days, weeks or months – but the public have made up their minds about her.
A new poll published by YouGov today gives the Tories some reasons to be cheerful. The party still trail Labour in the headline voting intentions, but have actually gained a point despite a shambolic conference.
But the results make grim reading for May. They show…
Fewer people think she is competent:
In June, 53% of people said they thought she was competent. That is now down 11 points to 42%. The number of people who think she is incompetent is up from 32% to 41%. That includes 15% of Tory supporters and 26% of Leave voters.
A majority of voters think she is indecisive:
The number of people who think she is indecisive has risen from 50% to 52%. Among Tory voters, a huge 39% have that view.
People are losing their trust in her:
In June, a majority (52%) of voters said May was trustworthy, while just 31% said she was untrustworthy. There has been a huge reversal in this measure over the last 3 months and now 44% find her untrustworthy, compared 35% who trust her.
There is a big age gap on this measure, with people under 50 most likely not to trust her.
Most voters think she is weak:
After disproving her own “strong and stable” slogan during the general election, 52% of voters now view her as weak compared to just 28% who see her as strong. That compares to 46% and 33% respectively in June.
Despite the hard Brexit line she has adopted, more Leave voters see her as strong than week – by 40% to 39%.
Fewer people like her:
There has been a marked 8 point swing in the wrong direction for her in terms of likability since June. 46% of people dislike her now compared with 40% then and 30% like her compared with 32% then.
A huge 71% of 18-24 year olds dislike her. Only among the over 65s does she have a positive rating on this measure.
You’ve got no love to see her through…