In her last week as PM, half of Brits think Theresa May did a bad job
On her penultimate day as Prime Minister Theresa May has been labelled bad at her job by half of Brits.
According to polling by YouGov, 49 percent of the public believe that May has been a bad Prime Minister. Just 21 percent think she performed well.
At the beginning of her premiership May’s favourability figures were positive — more people felt favourably than unfavourably towards her.
Flash forward to today (July 22) the story is very different with only 29 percent of people possessing a favourable view of May. 59 percent see her unfavourably.
NEW: Poll by @YouGov on the eve of her final full day as PM finds half of the public (49%) believe Theresa May has been a bad PM, compared to just one in five (21%) who think she’s performed well in the role.
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) July 22, 2019
Her favourability score first fell in April 2017 when she announced she was calling a snap election to strengthen her position on Brexit. According to YouGov, following the announcement more than half (54 percent) of Brits said they would prefer May as prime minister. However, this slipped to 43 percent a week before the vote.
Her scores continued to slip following the Grenfell tower fire, the Windrush scandal, the vote of no confidence, and finally her resignation.
Standing outside 10 Downing Street on Friday May 24, May revealed she was standing down as leader of the Conservative Party.
“It is a matter of deep regret that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she said. “My successor will have to find a consensus. Consensus will only be possible if those on both sides of the debate ‘compromise’.”
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A tearful May said it has been “the honour of my life” to serve “the country that I love.”
YouGov sets out that May’s favourability score hit a low of (70 percent had an unfavourable view of her) after the Huawei document leak, and around the time of the breakdown in talks between the Government and the Labour Party over a compromise for Brexit.
Following her resignation, “May’s net favourability figures were now at a catastrophic -55.”
May has a complex legacy on LGBT+ issues.
The politician first entered politics as a firm opponent of equality, but evolved her stance as Home Secretary, and as Prime Minister reaffirmed the party’s commitments on LGBT+ rights—though she also faced criticism from LGBT rights activists.