May's Conservatives take 23 point poll lead, matching Thatcher landslide - Ipsos MORI

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

Conservatives have extended their poll lead over Labour to 23 percentage points in a survey which suggests voters rate Theresa May more highly than Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair for leadership.

Mrs May's party were backed by almost half (49 per cent) of the 1,004 voters asked, while Labour slumped four points on their score last month to 26 per cent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's popularity has reached historic levels as Conservatives are cruising toward a landslide victory in the general election June 8.

Nearly two in three voters, 61 percent, think May is the most capable person to lead the country.

Three-times election victor Baroness Thatcher only ever polled at 48 per cent in this category, ahead of her 1983 landslide triumph against Labour's Michael Foot.

May called a snap general election April 18 "to make a success of Brexit".

The overall voter intention figures are no less disturbing, with the Conservatives hoovering up support both from UKIP and from Labour, bringing them up six points to 48 per cent.

Skinner declined to predict whether May would win a majority to rival Thatcher's more than three decades ago.

May and Corbyn clashed in Parliament for the last time before the June 8 election on Wednesday, rehearsing their lines of attack for the campaign.

"It is with strong conviction that I believe it is necessary to secure a strong and stable leadership this country needs", May said as she announced the election.

"The Conservatives' focus on leadership seems to be working for them".

She returned to her theme of a "coalition of chaos" under Corbyn and lampooned division in his party. May would be the most "capable" prime minister, well ahead of the 23 per cent who said Mr. Corbyn would be.

May was asked again why she has refused to take part in television debates.

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