Confidence in Theresa May's handling of Brexit plummeting, poll shows

May looks at the polls

Almost two-thirds of Tory supporters lack confidence in Theresa May's handling of Brexit, a poll has shown.

Some 64% of Conservatives said they did not back the prime minister to secure a good deal, up 11 points from last month.

Overall, 78% of people surveyed by Ipsos MORI were pessimistic about the prime minister's ability to strike a good deal with Brussels, up from 70% a month ago.

Just 19% have confidence in Mrs May's handling of Brexit, down from 28% when the survey was last carried out.

More than four in 10 Britons (43%) believe Brexit will make their standard of living worse - up seven points from a year ago - while 18% think it will improve their situation, down two points from October 2017.


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The poll's figures on voting intentions show no change between the two main parties, with the Conservatives on 39% and Labour 37%. The Liberal Democrats are on 10%.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: "2018 has seen falling public satisfaction in the prime minister, her government and rising economic pessimism, and as the Brexit negotiations intensify confidence in Theresa May's ability to get a good deal has fallen even further to a new low.

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"And yet the public don't put all the blame at her door - and nor is there much evidence that they would have much more confidence in anyone else." Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,044 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain by telephone between October 19 and 22.

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