Poll boost for Corbyn as Labour slashes Tory general election lead

Jeremy CorbynAnthony Devlin / Getty

LONDON — Labour has sharply closed the gap with the
Conservatives according to a new Ipsos Mori for the Evening

Jeremy Corbyn’s party are up eight points from last month to 34%
with the Conservatives unchanged on 49%. The Liberal Democrats
are down six points to 7% and UKIP are now one behind behind the
Green party on just 2%.

The poll follows Labour’s manifesto launch in which it laid out
plans to nationalise industries. Polling in the wake of leaks of
the manifesto showed majority support for almost all of
Labour’s flagship policies.

Ipsos Mori/ Evening Standard poll results:

  • Conservatives: 49% (nc)*
  • Labour: 34% (+8)
  • Liberal Democrats: 7% (-7)
  • Green party: 3% (+2)
  • UKIP: 2% (-2)

*Changes from March. 

Despite the rise in support for Labour, there are
indications that Labour’s support is “softer” than the
Conservatives. F

our in 10 Labour backers said they
may switch parties before polling day, with a third of those to
the Conservatives.

Gideon Skinner, head of political polling at Ipsos MORI,
said:  “Labour shouldn’t get too carried away by the rise
they see in the polls.”

“The focus on their manifesto may have helped them this
week, but on many fundamentals such as leadership the public
still puts them a long way behind the Conservatives, and their
vote is much softer, with one in six of their supporters
considering voting for Theresa May’s party.”

The poll follows a
Business Insider / GfK poll
published on Wednesday which
showed Labour trailing the Conservatives by 20 points, but with
Corbyn’s approval numbers on the rise.

The poll also tested alternative Labour leaders and found that

more people would be willing to consider voting for Labour led by
, than they would be if it were led by Tony Blair, Ed
Miliband, Sadiq Khan or Yvette Cooper.