Brexit row leaves voters thinking Tories are more divided than Labour

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The Tories are seen as more divided than Labour by voters, according to the final Opinium/Observer poll of 2017.

Almost half of voters see the Conservatives as disunited (47%) compared with the 40% who see Labour as split.

The findings come after a bruising period for Theresa May’s party over Brexit. The division were exposed last week when 11 Tory MPs rebelled in a vote over the role parliament should have in approving the final Brexit deal.

Overall Labour holds a two-point lead over the Tories. Labour is down one point on a month ago at 42% while the Tories are also down one point on 39%.

The Liberal Democrats and Ukip are both up one point on 7% and 6% respectively.

After a year in which she called a snap general election only to lose the Tory majority in the Commons – leaving her party dependent on the DUP for support – 44% of those questioned said their view of May had become more negative since the start of 2017, while only 22% said it had become more positive.

However, among Conservative voters, 43% said their opinion of May had become more positive, while 34% said it had become more negative.

Jeremy Corbyn fared better. More than a third (34%) said their view of him had become more positive since the start of 2017, while 22% said it had become more negative.

Among Labour voters, 66% said their opinion of the Labour leader had improved, while only 7% said it had become more negative.

Public approval of how Theresa May is handling Brexit has improved since October, with her net rating improving from -22% to -15%. Currently 30% approve of the way she is handling Brexit and almost half (45%) disapprove.

Leave voters remain evenly divided on whether they approve or disapprove of the way Theresa May is handling Brexit (39% and 38% respectively).

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Toby Helm Observer political editor, for theguardian.com on Saturday 16th December 2017 18.52 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010