Keir Starmer CRISIS: Labour leader's rating plummets as Boris at highest level since May


The grim figures for Sir Keir come from the release of the latest Political Tracker from polling firm Savanta ComRes, which interviewed 2,092 UK adults aged 18+ online from March 12-14. The Labour leader’s net favourability has plummeted three points from February to as low as minus seven percent. In contrast, Prime Minister Mr Johnson has seen his favourability rating rise by three points from last month to plus three percent.

This is his highest favourability rating since last May where he scored plus 15 percent.

In a further boost to the Prime Minister, the UK Government’s favourability score increased by two points to edge into positive territory – its highest since June 2020.

But the latest figures paint a damning picture for Sir Keir, with 27 percent saying they dislike both him and his policies – five points higher than the first results of the Political Tracker last May.

The proportion of those who say that they ‘don’t know’ in relation to him and his policies has fallen nine points since last May, but remains high at 28 percent for this month.

Similarly, over a quarter (27 percent) said they disliked both Sir Keir and the Labour Party, which was level with the rating from February but an increase of four points since the tracking began last May.

He will also likely be concerned to see a steady increase in those who say that they dislike him but like the Labour Party – 13 percent now compared to just nine percent in May 2020.

There has also been a decrease in those who say that they like him but dislike the Labour Party (17 percent now versus 20 percent last May).

But Sir Keir and the Labour Party have received a small boost in the tracker after 18 percent said he “understands the ordinary people” – five points higher than the proportion who say the same for Mr Johnson (13 percent).

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Nearly three in ten people quizzed (29 percent) for this political tracker said they dislike both Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party but this is six points lower than the proportion who said the same in January (35 percent).

The Prime Minister is also turning the tide on the proportion of those quizzed in the tracker who say they dislike both him and his policies.

Despite nearly a third (30 percent) saying that for the most recent tracker, which is down by six points from January.

Commenting on the findings, Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes, said: “With even Sir Keir Starmer admitting that the Conservatives are experiencing a ‘vaccine bounce’, it will come as little surprise that our Political Tracker paints a good picture for Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party.

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“How long this can be maintained remains to be seen, but with Scottish and local elections, as well as the sure-to-be hotly-contested Hartlepool by-election looming, the Government may feel quietly confident of upsetting the apple-cart.”

Among the other politicians considered in this month’s tracker, only Chancellor Rishi Sunak enjoyed a rise in favourability, up a single point to plus 18 percent.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab saw his rating drop a single point to minus four percent, while the rating of Health Secretary Matt Hancock fell two points to five percent.

The favourability rating of Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey edged down by a single point to minus seven percent.

Home Secretary Priti Patel remains rock bottom in the political tracker, with her favourability rating falling a further two points to now stand at a lowly minus 17 percent.



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