More voters trust the Tories over Labour on the NHS

Written by Nicholas Mairs and Tom Freeman on 9 May 2017 in News

An opinion poll shows more voters more voters back Theresa May to protect the NHS than Jeremy Corbyn

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More people trust Theresa May to run the National Health Service than Jeremy Corbyn, a new poll has found.

The Survation survey for Good Morning Britain found 42 per cent of voters back the Tories on health, while 39 per cent opted for Labour.

The result will be a blow for Labour, traditionally seen as the party of the NHS.


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The poll findings are despite the fact both May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have been questioned about the fact nurses are using foodbanks during the campaign, while the latter faces an electoral challenge from Lewisham GP Dr Louise Irvine, who successfully took him court over a hospital closure. The Green Party has withdrawn its candidate to give her a run at the seat.

The poll Good Morning Britain poll also shows a 17-point gap for overall support between the Tories on 47 per cent and Labour on 30 per cent. This coincides with a separate ICM/Guardian poll which gives the Conservatives’ a record 22-point lead.

Furthermore, one in five Labour voters believe May would make a better Prime Minister than Corbyn, while just under a quarter said they did not know if Labour’s leader was more suited to the role.

The poll also contained further bad news for UKIP, who after losing all of their council seats with just one gain last week, are set to lose 54 per cent of their 2015 voters to the Conservatives.

The poll also suggests Labour will face a challenge in winning over previous UKIP voters, with 85 per cent of those who backed the eurosceptic party in 2015 favouring May, while just 6 per cent would prefer Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister.

When asked about the issue that matters most to voters in the coming election, 15 per cent said it was Brexit, followed by the NHS  on 14 per cent, the economy on 10 per cent, immigration 9 per cent and education 5 per cent.

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