Theresa May’s approval rating is the highest since she became Prime Minister, new poll finds, but more than half of voters disapprove of the way she’s handling Brexit

  • Around 47 per cent see the PM as someone who is brave and sticks to principles 
  • That’s according to an Opinium Research survey involving 2,016 UK adults
  • Comes after a tough political week in which she faced a vote of no confidence


JAMES WOOD FOR MAILONLINE|AIWA! NO!|May‘s approval rating is the highest since she became Prime Minister despite a tough week in office, a new poll has found.   

Nearly half of electors, 47 per cent, view the Prime Minister as someone who is brave and sticks to her principles, an Opinium Research survey found.

It comes after a tough political week in which she faced a vote of no confidence in her leadership and was reportedly called nebulous by Jean-Claude Junker, president of the European Commission. 

The survey also found that more than half of voters, 53 per cent, disapprove of the way the PM has handled Brexit, compared to 28 per cent who approve. She is pictured here arriving for a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday

The survey also found that more than half of voters, 53 per cent, disapprove of the way the PM has handled Brexit, compared to 28 per cent who approve. She is pictured here arriving for a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday

 Although the sound was switched off, TV cameras caught Mrs May and Mr Juncker exchanging what looked to be heated words on Friday for at least a minute

 Although the sound was switched off, TV cameras caught Mrs May and Mr Juncker exchanging what looked to be heated words on Friday for at least a minute

However, more than half of voters, 53 per cent, disapprove of the way the PM has handled Brexit, compared to 28 per cent who approve.

In a bruising week for Mrs May, the PM drew fire for pulling a crunch Commons vote on her Brexit plans, survived a confidence motion bid to oust her among Tory MPs, and was largely rebuffed at an EU summit in Brussels.

Mrs May said she had decided to pull the vote because she would have lost if it had gone ahead on Tuesday night.

But just the day after she faced a vote of no confidence in her leadership after Sir Graham Brady, chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee, secured the 48 letters from MPs needed to trigger the process.

There were cheers as 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady announced the result in the Commons on Wednesday

There were cheers as 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady announced the result in the Commons on Wednesday

Theresa May put a brave face on her situation on Wednesday as she reacted to the outcome of the Tory no-confidence ballot

Theresa May put a brave face on her situation on Wednesday as she reacted to the outcome of the Tory no-confidence ballot

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