Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn took to the campaign trail on Wednesday after Boris Johnson officially went to the Queen, as Her Majesty agreed to dissolve Parliament to allow an election next month. But, the Labour leader has been dealt a huge blow after a major study found that 62 percent of people asked believe he is a “negative influence on the UK”, just behind US President Donald Trump. The major study, by WPP media agency Mindshare UK, found the Labour Party leader was the British politician with the most negative influence on Britain.
Staggeringly, 62 percent of those asked saw the Labour Party leader as a negative force, compared to 17 percent who saw him as a positive one.
The Labour Party leader nearly scored as badly as US President, who notched up a 64 percent negative score.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also achieved a high negative score with 43 percent seeing him as a negative influence rather than a positive one (31 percent).
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, had a negative score of 37 percent, compared to 20 percent positive.
Jeremy Corbyn was dealt a blow in the study
The study found Corbyn had a ‘negative influence’ on the country
But, the Liberal Democrat leader had the highest neutral score of the three leading politicians with 44 percent not being sure about her potential impact on their lives.
The study also found the country’s breakdown of faith in political institutions in Britain.
Just 14 percent of Britons think Parliament is a positive influence on life in the UK while 52 percent believe it is a negative influence.
Likewise, the Government is seen as a negative influence by half of the study sample.
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However, the courts and legal system prompted a more balanced response from those who took part in the study, with 33 percent seeing them as a positive force rather than a negative one (29 percent).
The European Union was also seen as a negative influence on the UK by 41 percent, compared to a positive influence 24 percent.
Mindshare’s Power to the People research was run in October 2019 amongst a nationally representative sample of 1,000 UK adults.
Results from this quantitative study were combined with a qualitative stage of mobile ethnography involving 40 respondents selected from across the UK, and extensive social insights analysis.
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Julia Ayling, Head of Research and Insights at Mindshare commented: “Mindshare’s Power to the People study has revealed a country crying out for positive leadership.
“The people are looking for organisations and figures they can respect and who can lead us in the right direction.
“These findings suggest that politicians and political institutions will need to work hard over the coming years to win back the public’s trust. In the meantime, we may look to other leaders and organisations to play a positive role.”
Earlier this week, MPs took to the campaign trail as they try to convince Brits to vote for them in the upcoming December 12 general election.
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The Labour Party leader was rocked on Wednesday evening after deputy leader Tom Watson said he would not stand at the national poll.
Mr Watson described quitting as Labour’s deputy leader and turning down the chance to run as an MP in the General Election as a “very difficult decision”.
In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, he said that the time had come to “start a different kind of life”. “The decision is personal, not political,” he said.
He added: “The last few years have been among the most transformational of my personal life, second only to becoming a proud father of two beautiful children.
“I’ve become healthy for the first time and I intend to continue with this work in the years to come.”
He said that he would remain as deputy leader until polling day in December and would be playing an “active part” in Labour’s election campaign.
Tom Watson said he would not stand as an MP in the election
Despite their differences, Mr Corbyn said he was “proud and glad” to have worked with him over the past four years.
In his reply to Mr Watson, he wrote: “Few people have given as much to the Labour movement as you have and I know that many thousands of members and trade unionists that you have inspired and worked with over the years will be very sorry to see you go.”
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also launched his election campaign in Birmingham as he voted to “get Brexit done”.
The Conservative Party leader mocked the Labour Party for wanting to “do a new deal” and then campaign against it.
Mr Johnson warned the country was “aching to move on” to massive cheers from the audience.
He told supporters: “Let’s make next year the year of prosperity and growth, not the year of two chaotic referendums. If I come back with a working majority, I will get Parliament working for you.”
He added: “Let’s make 2020 about the people of this country and not about its politicians.”