Labor ahead of Tories in polls for the first time since Johnson became Prime Minister


Labor has beaten the Tories in an opinion poll for the first time since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

Opinium’s latest survey found 42% intended to vote for Sir Keir Starmer’s party, compared to 39% for the Tories.

This continues the plummeting fortunes for the Tories, who were 26 points ahead of their rivals when the coronavirus crisis began in March. The two parties were neck and neck in last month’s poll.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have shown no sign of support since Sir Ed Davey was chosen as their new leader. They are over 5 percent, down one point.

The poll also suggests that Sir Keir has improved Labor Party opinion, with 40 percent of voters believing Labor is ready to form the next government and 55 percent of them believing Sir Keir is ready to be. Prime Minister.

Sir Keir leads Boris Johnson as “best prime minister” from 36% to 32%.

Opinium said the government’s handling of the pandemic was contributing to the Conservatives’ slide in the polls, with 50% disapproving of the overall response to the crisis and 57% disapproving of the handling of testing.

And while most people support the measures introduced to tackle the virus, 60% believe more restrictions will be needed to stop a second wave. The vast majority of people (86%) say they strictly or generally follow the rules.

The last time Labor conducted the polls was in July 2019, when Jeremy Corbyn was in charge and Theresa May’s term was drawing to a close.

Mr Corbyn’s supporters reacted to the new poll by suggesting that ‘any other leader would be 20 points ahead’ – a reference to a comment Tony Blair made about the former Labor leader in 2017.


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