Greens the most 'popular' party in Britain - according to a new poll

Will Metcalfe
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A new YouGov survey claims the Greens are Britain’s most popular political party, with 41% of Brits holding a favourable view.

In second place of the nine parties included in the study comes Labour, at 37%, with the Tories in third on 35%. Just under three in ten people (28%) say they like the Lib Dems, and 20% have a favourable opinion of UKIP.

The Green party is also the only party that more people like than dislike them.

As it is, just 37% of people say they dislike the Greens, giving the party a net favourability score of +4.

By contrast, 51% of people dislike Labour, giving them a net favourability score of -14, while 54% dislike the Conservatives, giving them a net score of -19.

The Liberal Democrats are also disliked by 51% of Brits (net score of -23).

The Green Party have been named as the most popular political party in the country by a new YouGov poll. (YouGov)

UKIP is the party that the highest proportion of people say they dislike, at 65%, giving them a net favourability score of -45.

But the least popular party are Northern Irish republicans Sinn Fein, with a score of -58 (62% have an unfavourable view of the party, while only 4% think positively).

Although it should be noted that this survey was taken by British adults only, and does not reflect opinion in Northern Ireland.

British politics seems to be more partisan than ever; are any of the parties able to garner significant support from fans of other groups, or has partisanship put a hard limit on how well-liked parties can be?

The Green Party have been named as the most popular political party in the country by a new YouGov poll. (YouGov)

The results show large levels of cross-party support on the Left. The Greens are wildly popular with people who like other left wing parties – receiving net favourability scores of between +48 and +58 among those with favourable views of Labour, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the SNP.

The Labour party is also popular among those who like other left wing parties, scoring net values from +12 (among those who like the Lib Dems) to +40 (among those who like the SNP).

The Lib Dems are less popular – while they are more liked by those who support the SNP (+12) and Greens (+7), they have a neutral net favourability score among fans of Plaid Cymru and a negative score of -3 among those who like Labour.

The Green Party have been named as the most popular political party in the country by a new YouGov poll. Former leader Caroline Lucas. (PA).

There is strong mutual support between fans of the nationalist parties.

Among SNP supporters, Plaid Cymru receives a net favourability score of +32.

And similarly, those who like the Welsh nationalists give their Scottish counterparts a score of +28.

The big difference between the two parties is that Plaid maintains a narrow net positive score among fans of other parties left-wing parties (+2 to +5), while the SNP is somewhat disliked on the rest of the left (with net favourability scores of -3 to -11).