Twice as Many Brits Trust Theresa May to Handle Anti-Terrorism Issues Than They Do Jeremy Corbyn

May

In a poll published by YouGov a few days ago, it was revealed that twice as many members of the British public trust Theresa May to handle the issues of security and anti-terrorism, than they do Jeremy Corbyn.

When asked the question: “Who would you trust more as Prime Minister to handle the issues of security and anti-terrorism?”, 49% of people backed Theresa May, whereas only 24% of people backed Jeremy Corbyn. More people in fact chose the “not sure” option (27% of people), than they did Jeremy Corbyn.

The results were very similar when respondents were asked whether they would have more faith in a Conservative government or a Labour government to handle the issues of security and anti-terrorism. 44% of people said they trusted a Conservative government, whereas 24% of people said they trusted a Labour government. 32% were “not sure”.

Leadership Performance

The poll also asked how Theresa May was performing as Prime Minister, and how Jeremy Corbyn was performing as leader of the Labour Party. 49% of people believe that Theresa May is performing well as Prime Minister, whereas 40% of people believe she is performing badly. In contrast, only 30% of people believe that Jeremy Corbyn is performing well as leader of the Labour Party, whereas 58% believe he is performing badly.

When asked about Tim Farron, only 20% of people believe the Farron is performing well as leader of the Liberal Democrats. 46% of people believe he is performing badly.

 

Response to Terrorism

The aim of the poll was to consider voting intentions for the upcoming general election, and to gauge the public’s opinion of recent political responses to terrorism. When asked whether Theresa May had responded well to the recent Manchester terrorism attack, 63% of people agreed she had. In comparison, 52% of people believed that Jeremy Corbyn had responded well.

The poll also gauged what the public thought were positive responses towards terrorism in the UK. The following results were reported:

  • 80% of people support the deployment of troops in public places.
  • 45% of people support police being able to carry guns (40% oppose, 15% don’t know).
  • 63% of people support a change in the law to force social media and messaging companies to put a “back door”  into their software so that messages can be decrypted by security services.
  • 74% of people want tighter security searches at major railway stations.
  • 66% of people want tighter security searches at museums.
  • 83% of people want tighter security searches at concert venues.
  • 66% of people want tighter security searches at major shopping centres.
  • 70% of people want tighter security searches at theatres and cinemas.

 

When asked whether British citizens who have travelled to fight in Syria, Libya or other warzones should seek to return to Britain:

  • 55% of people believe they should be blocked entry.
  • 22% of people believe they should be granted entry but they should be monitored.
  • 8% of people believe they should be prosecuted and sent to prison.
  • 3% of people believe they should be allowed to return with no restrictions.
  • 12% of people don’t know.

 

What we can clearly see from the above figures is, despite the mainstream media’s outpour of “Love conquers all” and “Let’s carry on as before” publications; the majority of Brits aren’t satisfied with this and they do in fact fully support putting actions in place to increase security in the wake of recent events.

In YouGov’s poll, 14% of people said they would “no longer” or were “less likely” to attend a major public event, following the atrocities in Manchester. 28% of people also said they would “no longer” or were “less likely to” allow their children to attend a major public event.

 

Disclaimer: YouGov’s poll was conducted on 25th-26th May which was before the airing of last night’s Battle for Number 10 show. This means that public opinion on both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn may now differ.

Laura is an editor and writer at Defend Europa.