The Conservatives are still enjoying their honeymoon period following a surprise election win. And whilst the party is divided on Europe, it looks as if the public are perceiving Labour as the party of division and unclear about what it stands for.
The new YouGov poll suggests that 68% of people think the Conservatives are clear about what they stand for, whilst 22% disagree.
As for Labour, 56% of respondents think Labour is unclear in what they stand for whilst 33% think they are clear.
Labour’s leadership battle is opening up wounds and divides in the party - in plain view of the public. Jeremy Corbyn is gaining momentum on the left. Liz Kendall wants to take the party in a more rightwards direction, whilst Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper are battling it out in the centre. The recent arguments over the government’s welfare reforms only serve to highlight the splits in the party.
Of course, once the leader is chosen, if the party appears united, then people will be less likely to sense these division. But the perceived uncertainty of where Labour stands, contrasted with the Conservative’s perceived unity is bad news for Harriet Harman’s party.
Furthermore, the Liberal Democrats are also perceived as being unclear on what they stand for. 62% say they are unclear, whilst 24% disagree. However, this data was taken before Tim Farron was elected leader on Thursday. With a leader now in place, with a strong liberal vision, the perception of the Lib Dem’s clear vision will likely improve in future polls.
Overall, it appears the UK’s political scene is still in the post-election period. The Conservatives, the SNP and UKIP are all being perceived as being clear in what they stand, echoing their victories in May. Whilst Labour and the Liberal Democrats as being seen as unclear in what they stand for, echoing their losses.
In time the gaps for Labour and the Liberal Democrats will likely narrow - if their leaders can unite the party. In contrast the Conservative’s will likely widen as the debate on Europe becomes a much more prominent matter.
Until then: watch this space.
See the full results of the poll here. Sampling took place on the 14th of July (1,610 GB adults).