BMG’s latest poll for The Independent shows public satisfaction with the leaders of Britain’s two main political parties has improved after the conference season.

Theresa May’s net satisfaction score has increased 7 points on last month, putting her on -23. A small post conference bounce.

Jeremy Corbyn’s net satisfaction score also increased, putting the Labour leader on -27. However, this is still a historically low figure for Corbyn.

October’s results mark the first time May has been ahead of Corbyn, albeit slightly, in BMG’s net satisfaction tracker since April 2018.



Respondents were also asked who they would prefer, between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, to be the next Prime Minister. Again, both leaders have seen increases in the proportion of Brits choosing them, with the share selecting neither leader dropping significantly.

The proportion selecting May is up 8% on September with more than a third (34%) selecting the current Prime Minister as their preferred candidate. This is her highest share in our tracking series since the last General Election in June 2017.

Jeremy Corbyn’s score has also slightly improved. In September just 25% selected him; this has increased to 28% this month.

The proportion who said they preferred neither May nor Corbyn decreased significantly after conference season, from 39% in September to 30% this month; the first time we’ve witnessed a significant decline in Britons opting for neither leader since early Spring of this year.



Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.


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Dr Michael Turner – Head of Polling




Andrew Price – Research Executive

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