Fewer than a quarter of voters think Jeremy Corbyn is doing a good job as Labour leader, according to a poll released on the eve of the party’s annual conference in Liverpool.
The Ipsos Mori survey for the Evening Standard found that almost two-thirds of voters questioned (64%) do not like the Labour leader, following months of negative headlines about anti-Semitism in the party.
Mr Corbyn – who has been criticised for his handling of the issue – was significantly less popular than his own party, with 57% of those questioned saying they like Labour, compared with 32% who like him personally.
Such has been the impact of the accusations, Labour’s National Executive Committee earlier this month agreed on a new anti-Semitism definition, though this was not enough to appease some critics.
Despite her ongoing difficulties with Brexit negotiations, the Labour leader trailed Theresa May as voters’ preferred prime minister by a margin of 37% to 46%.
According to the poll of 1,070 adults, Mr Corbyn’s popularity has fallen sharply compared with the same time last year.
Then 42% of the public said they were satisfied with his performance and 45% dissatisfied.
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The figures now stand at 24% satisfied and 66% dissatisfied – a negative margin of minus 42.
Even among Labour supporters, it appears Mr Corbyn’s star has waned over the past year.
At this point in 2017, fresh from a widely praised general election campaign, he was riding high among Labour supporters, who declared themselves satisfied with his performance by a margin of 71%-21%.
The new poll finds that advantage has shrunk to 48%-44%, a positive rating of just four points.
Ipsos Mori questioned the adults between September 14 and 18.