Leadership approval opinion polling for the 2017 United Kingdom general election


At various dates in the run up to the 2017 United Kingdom general election, various organisations carried out opinion polling to gauge the opinions that voters hold towards political leaders. Results of such polls are displayed in this article. Most of the polling companies listed are members of the British Polling Council (BPC) and abide by its disclosure rules.

The date range for these opinion polls is from the previous general election, held on 6 May 2015, to the 8 June 2017.

Leadership approval ratings


  • YouGov: "Do you view (Insert name here) favourably or unfavourably?"
  • Ipsos MORI: "Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way (Insert name here) is doing his job as Prime Minister/Party leader?"

Theresa May

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Theresa May, Leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Theresa May, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
2017
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
1-2 Jun YouGov Well/Badly 47% 42% 11% N/A +5%
30 May-1 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 43% 50% 7% N/A –7%
15-17 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 55% 35% 10% N/A +20%
4 May United Kingdom local and mayoral elections
21-25 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 56% 37% 7% N/A +19%
2 May Opinium Approve/Disapprove 46% 33% 21% N/A +13%
18 Apr Prime Minister Theresa May announces her intention to seek a general election to be held on 8 June 2017
10-14 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 52% 39% 9% N/A +13%
10-14 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 53% 36% 11% N/A +17%
13-16 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 45% 39% 16% N/A +6%
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
10-12 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 50% 35% 15% N/A +15%
11-14 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 54% 30% 16% N/A +14%
14-17 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 48% 32% 20% N/A +16%
10-14 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 54% 27% 19% N/A +27%
15-17 Aug YouGov Favourable/Unfavourable 48% 36% N/A 16% +12%
13-15 Aug Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 54% 19% 27% N/A +35%

Jeremy Corbyn

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.
2017
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
1-2 Jun YouGov Well/Badly 42% 44% 11% N/A -2%
20 May-1 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 39% 50% 11% N/A –11%
15-17 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 58% 11% N/A –27%
4 May United Kingdom local and mayoral elections
21-25 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 27% 62% 11% N/A –35%
18 Apr Prime Minister Theresa May announces her intention to seek a general election to be held on 8 June 2017
10-14 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 23% 64% 13% N/A –41%
10-14 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 24% 62% 14% N/A –42%
13-16 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 26% 61% 13% N/A –35%
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
10-12 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 26% 58% 16% N/A –32%
11-14 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 28% 57% 15% N/A –29%
14-17 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 55% 14% N/A –24%
24 SepJeremy Corbyn is re-elected as the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition following a vote of no confidence.
10-14 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 27% 58% 15% N/A –31%
15-17 Aug YouGov Favourable/Unfavourable 29% 54% N/A 17% -25%
13-15 Aug Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 25% 58% 17% N/A –33%
9-11 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 24% 65% 11% N/A –41%
23 JunUK European Union membership referendum: 52% of voters vote in favour of leaving EU; David Cameron announces he will resign as Prime Minister
11-14 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 27% 52% 21% N/A –25%
14-16 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 50% 19% N/A –19%
5 MayUnited Kingdom local elections, 2016
16-18 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 38% 43% 19% N/A –5%
19-22 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 35% 46% 19% N/A –11%
13-16 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 30% 51% 19% N/A –21%
23-25 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 49% 20% N/A –17%
2015
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
12-14 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 50% 17% N/A –17%
14-17 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 37% 40% 13% N/A –3%
17-19 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 37% 39% 24% N/A –2%
19-22 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 36% 31% N/A –3%

Tim Farron

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
2017
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
20 May-1 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 25% 44% 31% N/A –19%
15-17 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 28% 39% 33% N/A –11%
4 May United Kingdom local and mayoral elections
21-25 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 30% 37% 33% N/A –7%
18 Apr Prime Minister Theresa May announces her intention to seek a general election to be held on 8 June 2017
10-14 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 26% 36% 38% N/A –10%
13-16 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 23% 33% 44% N/A –10%
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
10-12 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 27% 28% 45% N/A –1%
11-14 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 23% 36% 41% N/A –13%
14-17 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 34% 44% N/A –12%
10-14 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 33% 45% N/A –11%
15-17 Aug YouGov Favourable/Unfavourable 17% 33% N/A 50% -16%
13-15 Aug Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 30% 48% N/A –8%
9-11 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 21% 37% 42% N/A –16%
23 JunUK European Union membership referendum: 52% of voters vote in favour of leaving EU.
11-14 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 19% 32% 49% N/A –13%
14-16 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 33% 45% N/A –11%
5 MayUnited Kingdom local elections, 2016
16-18 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 21% 29% 50% N/A –8%
19-22 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 24% 36% 40% N/A –12%
13-16 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 20% 34% 46% N/A –14%
23-25 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 32% 46% N/A –10%
2015
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
12-14 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 24% 31% 45% N/A –7%
14-17 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 18% 32% 50% N/A –14%
17-19 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 27% 51% N/A –5%
14-17 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 18% 32% 50% N/A –14%
19-22 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 22% 29% 49% N/A –7%

Paul Nuttall

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Paul Nuttall, Leader of the UK Independence Party.

Paul Nuttall, Leader of UKIP.
2017
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
20 May-1 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 18% 55% 27% N/A –37%
15-17 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 17% 54% 29% N/A
4 May United Kingdom local and mayoral elections
21-25 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 21% 50% 29% N/A –29%
18 Apr Prime Minister Theresa May announces her intention to seek a general election to be held on 8 June 2017
10-14 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 14% 51% 35% N/A –37%
13-16 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 18% 36% 46% N/A –18%
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
10-12 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 18% 35% 47% N/A –17%

Approval ratings for former party leaders


David Cameron

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Theresa May, Leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

David Cameron, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
9-11 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 28% 66% 6% N/A –38%
23 JunUK European Union membership referendum: 52% of voters vote in favour of leaving EU; David Cameron announces he will resign as Prime Minister
11-14 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 35% 58% 7% N/A –23%
14-16 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 61% 8% N/A –30%
5 MayUnited Kingdom local elections, 2016
16-18 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 37% 56% 7% N/A –19%
19-22 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 34% 59% 7% N/A –25%
13-16 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 39% 54% 7% N/A –15%
23-25 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 42% 51% 7% N/A –9%
2015
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
12-14 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 41% 55% 4% N/A –14%
14-17 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 40% 55% 5% N/A –15%
17-19 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 42% 51% 7% N/A –9%
19-22 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 42% 52% 6% N/A –10%
18-20 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 42% 49% 9% N/A –7%
14-16 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 49% 42% 9% N/A +7%
Harriet Harman, interim leader of the Labour party.

Harriet Harman

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Harriet Harman, interim leader of the Labour Party.

2015
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
18-20 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 34% 33% N/A –1%

Nigel Farage

The following polls asked about voters' opinions on Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party.
2016
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
23 JunUK European Union membership referendum: 52% of voters vote in favour of leaving EU; Nigel Farage announces he will resign as leader of UKIP
11-14 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 38% 44% 8% N/A –6%
14-16 May Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 36% 41% 13% N/A –5%
5 MayUnited Kingdom local elections, 2016
16-18 Apr Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 32% 38% 20% N/A –6%
19-22 Mar Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 38% 40% 12% N/A –2%
13-16 Feb Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 48% 19% N/A –15%
23-25 Jan Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 49% 20% N/A –18%
2015
Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Question
wording
Approve Disapprove Don't know Neither Net approval
12-14 Dec Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 48% 12% N/A –18%
14-17 Nov Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 33% 45% 12% N/A –12%
17-19 Oct Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 46% 37% 7% N/A +9%
19-22 Sep Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 40% 45% 15% N/A –5%
18-20 Jul Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 31% 44% 25% N/A –13%
14-16 Jun Ipsos MORI Satisfied/Dissatisfied 29% 47% 24% N/A –18%

See also


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