Fresh blow for Jeremy Corbyn as Tories open up a 15 POINT lead in polls and two-thirds of the public disapprove of Labour's muddled Brexit stance
- Tories now have 15 point lead over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour amid Brexit chaos
- Conservatives are holding steady at 37% but Labour has lost three points
- Mr Corbyn's party is now polling at 22% while the Liberal Democrats are at 17%
- Meanwhile, almost two in three voters disapprove of Mr Corbyn's Brexit stance
Jeremy Corbyn has been rocked by a fresh opinion poll bombshell after a new survey showed Labour is now 15 points behind the Conservatives.
An Opinium poll has revealed that the Tories have consolidated their position as the most popular party among UK voters while Labour continues to struggle as it actually lost three points.
Meanwhile, the poll reveals Mr Corbyn's handling of Brexit has been poorly received by many voters with almost two in every three saying they disapproved of his approach.
The findings come at the worst possible time for the Labour leader as he tries to galvanise his party at its annual conference in Brighton this week.
But the annual showpiece has got off to a disastrous start for Mr Corbyn after a failed attempt by one of his allies to oust Tom Watson as deputy party leader.
Meanwhile, he is also under mounting pressure to change his Brexit policy from the Remain-backing core of his party.
Yesterday it emerged that Mr Corbyn plans to fight the next election, widely anticipated to take place before the end of this year, on a pledge to hold a second referendum.
However, he will not make a decision on how Labour would campaign at that referendum until closer to the event itself.
The prospect of the party going into an election without telling voters whether it backs Remain or Leave has sparked fury, with senior figures warning Labour will get 'steamrollered'.
The new poll suggests that the overwhelming majority of voters believe Labour's Brexit position is unclear.
A new survey conducted by Opinium shows the Tories now have a 15 point lead over the Labour Party
Opinium's latest survey, published by the Observer, puts Boris Johnson and the Tories 15 points ahead of Mr Corbyn's Labour.
The Tories stayed the same on 37 per cent while Labour dropped three points to 22 per cent.
Such numbers are similar to those recorded in 2017 before Theresa May announced a snap poll.
Meanwhile, the poll has the Brexit Party down one point to 12 per cent and the Lib Dems are up one point to 17 per cent, when compared with another Opinium poll from earlier this month.
On the issue of Brexit, the poll is likely to be cause for significant concern for the Labour leadership.
Some 63 per cent of voters now disapprove of Mr Corbyn's handling of Brexit.
The number is 43 per cent for Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and 41 per cent for Mr Johnson.
Meanwhile, almost seven in 10 voters believe Labour's Brexit stance is unclear - a statistic likely to bolster calls for Mr Corbyn to change tack and formally back Remain.
Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said: 'Jo Swinson's eye-catching policy of revoking Article 50 has earned the ire of Leave voters but also a more limited positive response from Remainers.
'Compared to last week her approval rating is up by two points but her disapproval rating is up by 8 points.
'At least, voters see the Liberal Democrats' view of Brexit as clear rather than confusing - 59 per cent say it's clear, similar to the 58 per cent who say the same thing about the Tories' policy. In contrast, 69 per cent say that Labour's Brexit position is unclear.
'As well as splitting the Remain vote evenly with Labour, the Liberal Democrat leader is now ahead of Jeremy Corbyn when the 'best prime minister' question is expanded to include herself and Nigel Farage.'