Political poll of the British public for the Independent and the Sunday Mirror.
Theresa May should carry on without a general election, say nearly half of the British people (46%), while 38% say she needs an election to get support for her programme according to a new ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror and Independent. The poll also shows a majority are also opposed to a second referendum on Brexit by a margin of 57% to 29%.
ComRes is not publishing voting intention for the time being while we continue to review our methods.
PARTY LEADERSHIP PREFERENCES
CORBYN ‘VS’ MAY
Theresa May leads Jeremy Corbyn by 39 points over who would make a better Prime Minister (58% vs 19%).
British adults are overall fairly positive towards Mrs May. More than half of British adults say that Theresa May is a strong leader (55%). Only 13% say the same for Jeremy Corbyn.
Similarly, half of British adults are likely to say that Theresa May is good on the world stage, compared to just one in ten British adults who say the same for Jeremy Corbyn (48% vs 11%).
However, two in five British adults say that Mr Corbyn understands ordinary people, compared to a third who say the same for Theresa May (42% vs 31%).
Of all attributes tested, Britons are most likely to say that Mr Corbyn is principled, however Mrs May still performs better than Mr Corbyn on this strength (43% for Corbyn vs 44% for May).
MAY ‘VS’ CAMERON- WHO WILL BE THE BETTER PRIME MINISTER?
British adults are more likely believe that Theresa May will be a better Prime Minister than David Cameron has been (36% vs 21%).
Theresa May also appears to be more popular than David Cameron amongst Conservative voters. 35% of Conservative voters are more likely to think Theresa May will be a better Prime Minister, compared to one quarter who say David Cameron has been a better Prime Minister than Theresa May will be (25%).
Half of British adults believe that Theresa May will be a good Prime Minister and one in five think she will be a bad Prime Minister (52% vs 21%).
In addition, four in five Conservative voters expect Theresa May to be a good Prime Minister (83%).
LABOUR COUP- CORBYN ‘VS’ EAGLE
British adults think both leadership challengers stand a better chance than Jeremy Corbyn of winning an election for Labour; one third say that Owen Smith has a better chance of winning a General Election for Labour compared to Jeremy Corbyn (34% vs 27%).
Indeed, similar proportions of British adults think that Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Eagle have better chances of winning an Election (32% vs 36%).
Despite this, Labour voters are far more likely to think that Jeremy Corbyn has a better chance of winning a General Election compared to Angela Eagle (50% vs 23%), and Owen Smith (44% vs 26%).
Over half of British adults say that there should not be a second referendum once a deal with the EU has been reached (57%). This is compared to just three in ten who say that there should be a second referendum (29%).
In addition, Britons are also more likely to think that Theresa May does not need to face a General Election to get support for her programme (46% vs 38%).
Date Published: 16th July 2016
Categories: Politics | Public and communities
Client: Independent / Sunday Mirror
ComRes interviewed 2,097 GB adults online between the 13th and 15th June 2016. Figures in brackets are tracked from June 2016.
Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.