The latest YouGov poll, conducted between the 15th and 16th August, asked respondents to say whether they approved or disapproved of the performance of Labour, the Lib Dems, the Conservatives and UKIP, as well as the main three party leaders.
After the election, Labour’s ratings surged, with polls suggesting they could even emerge as the largest party in a new general election. The party’s newfound success was undoubtedly down to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise performance in the election, compared to Theresa May’s abysmal showing – or not showing the case of the TV debates.
The new YouGov poll found that 53% of respondents had an unfavourable view of the Tories, ahead of the 35% with a favourable view. That’s a net approval rating of -18%. Compared to a previous YouGov poll – conducted the 11th – 12 June, just after the election – there has been a slight improvement with the previous net rating standing at -21%.
However, it’s the Labour party’s numbers that tell the real story.
Just after the election, Labour’s approval rating stood at 49% compared to its disapproval rating of 43%. That’s a net approval rating of plus 6%. Now compare that to the latest figures – the change is staggering.
The latest poll suggests that 40% approve of Labour while 47% disapprove. That’s a net approval rating of -7%.
It’s still much better than the Conservatives’ rating of -18%, but it is a drop of 13 percentage points within the space of two months. It also follows a BGM Research poll, conducted for the Independent, which put the Tories ahead of Labour, 42% - 39%.
On top of this, Corbyn’s net approval rating has slumped from 0% to -13%, in another sign that the party is losing steam.
Overall, the poll suggests that Labour is losing the momentum it built up in the final days of the campaign, which carried on after their surprise showing at the election. While the poll does not say all is lost for Corbyn's party, it stands as a reminder that they should not become overly confident and complacent about victory next time round.
The full results of the YouGov poll can be found here. 1,697 GB adults were questioned between the 15th and 16th July.