(AFP) – The UK Labour Party has managed to open a significant lead over the ruling Conservative Party in terms of popularity, a new poll shows, raising opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s chances for replacing Prime Minister Theresa May.
The survey, released by Survation on Saturday, found that Labour was ahead 44 percent to 37 percent. The two main parties were followed by The Lib Dems as a distant third at only 9 percent.
This means that Corbyn has even exceeded the vote share of former prime minister and Labour leader, Tony Blair, in his 1997 election victory.
The poll results were indicative of the public frustration with austerity measures implemented by May’s government.
According to Survation, 48 of British voters who voted in favor of Conservative in the 2017 snap election called by May, believe that she has gone too far with budget cuts.
This is while the Conservatives are about to implement yet another massive spending cut that would hit almost 11 million struggling families in particular.
Around half of the correspondents told pollsters that they thought the UK was headed for a recession within the next two years.
“Public services are at breaking point, our infrastructure is creaking and there is no Government plan to create jobs. This poll shows voters think the Government’s cuts have gone too far,” said Tim Roache, the general secretary of the GMB union who commissioned the survey.
“Austerity has failed. In his Spring Budget Statement, the Chancellor has a choice,” he added.
British voters had more faith and hope in Corbyn and his party’s policies that those of May, Roache said.
May’s party has also failed to put forward a comprehensive plan for Brexit since the June 2016 referendum, where 52 percent of people voted to end London’s decades-long membership in the European Union (EU).
Labour also managed to severely damage the government’s picture by taking away Conservatives’ parliamentary majority after entering the snap elections in an absolute disadvantage in polls at the time. Labour was still beaten but won enough seats to force May strike a embarrassing deal with the Northern Irish party Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).