The latest Ipsos MORI poll shows that some of the positive bounce seen last month in the national mood and for Boris Johnson’s ratings has fallen away.
However, the online survey, carried out between 15-18 May, finds that Mr Johnson’s ratings are still higher than they were before the lockdown started.
Leader favourability ratings
- Boris Johnson’s ratings have fallen this month, but are still positive on balance, and higher than his scores before his illness. Forty-five percent feel favourable towards him (down 6 points since April), and 38% unfavourable (up 7).
- Keir Starmer’s ratings also continue to be more positive than negative. 34% are favourable towards him (up 8 points this month) and 26% unfavourable (also up by 5). Those with a neutral or no opinion about him have fallen from 53% to 40%. These are better than the ratings Jeremy Corbyn got in the period before and after the 2019 General Election.
- People also continue to believe that Mr Starmer is more likely to change the Labour party for the better (46%, up 3) than for the worse (9%, also up 3). Three in ten (29%) think he will make no difference.
- Among Conservative voters in the 2019 General Election, Boris Johnson’s favourability ratings have fallen from a very high 91% last month to 79% this month, in line with his average earlier in the year. However, this is still higher than the equivalent score for Keir Starmer among 2019 Labour voters, which stands at 58% (three in ten are still neutral or don’t know).
- Public perceptions of the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are positive, with 47% favourable and just 18% unfavourable (35% are neutral or don’t know).
- The public are split about Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. A third (33%) are favourable, and another 33% are unfavourable (34% neutral or don’t know).
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