Sir Keir Starmer’s approval ratings have plummeted to their worst-ever levels this month, with 65 per cent of people polled saying he is doing badly compared to just 17 per cent who believe he is doing well.
The Labour Party suffered several disastrous results in the local elections last week, losing control of eight councils and shedding some 327 councillors all told.
The biggest defeats came in Hartlepool, where a Conservative MP was elected for the first time in 62 years, and in County Durham, which saw Labour lose overall control of the council for the first time since 1925.
Starmer has told his shadow cabinet that he takes full responsibility for the results after he met with them on Monday.
He said: “To be clear, I take responsibility. Nobody else.
“I lead the Labour Party and it is entirely on me.”
According to ‘Stats for Lefties’ his current polling numbers are eight points below what Jeremy Corbyn’s were at the same point in his leadership.
Although the numbers don’t reflect particularly well on either leader.
Keir Starmer's approval rating with YouGov is now *worse* than Corbyn's approval rating at the same point in his leadership.— Stats for Lefties (@LeftieStats) May 11, 2021
Corbyn in September 2016:
[Net rating: -40]
Starmer in May 2021:
[Net rating: -48]
All data via @YouGov pic.twitter.com/vLg7gVbISJ