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Tories' popularity falls to record low, with just 20% of vote share

JUST one in five people back the Tories, the party’s lowest vote share ever recorded, Ipsos polling shows.  

Labour now has 47 per cent of the vote share, but both the main parties’ popularity fell last month.

The Conservatives dropped by seven points, Labour by two as satisfaction ratings in its leader Sir Keir Starmer also dropped, with the majority of the public deeming him “indecisive.”

Ipsos found that 83 per cent of people are dissatisfied with the way the government is running the country, up five points from January, and less than than one in five are satisfied with the job Rishi Sunak is doing as prime minister: his net rating of minus 54 is a personal worst.

Sir Keir’s ratings fell by a point, with just 29 per cent saying they are satisfied with his performance as Labour leader.

Labour was seen as having the best policies on managing the economy by a margin of 31 points to the Tories’ score of 23 per cent — in October the parties were neck and neck.

Labour was also seen as having the best policies for taxes, people in work, public spending and public services in general.

Ipsos head of political research Gideon Skinner said: “The historical comparisons continue to look ominous for Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives.

“The Ipsos political monitor series started in the late ’70s and has never recorded a Conservative vote share this low — and the job satisfaction trends for the Prime Minister and his government since he took office are also heading downwards.

“Combined with Labour taking leads on issues of economic credibility to go with their traditional strengths in public services, this means the Conservatives face big challenges across a number of fronts if they are to turn the situation around.”

In January Mr Sunak said he expected to call a general election in the second half of 2024. By law it has to be held by January 28 2025.

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