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Labour maintains wide lead as Conservative votership trips

by LLB political Reporter
16th Sep 23 8:01 pm

Since Parliament reconvened after Summer, Opinium’s latest poll shows that Labour has slightly stretched its lead, as the Conservative vote falters.

Labour currently leads by 15-points with 41% of the vote share (-1) vs. 26% for the Conservatives (-2). The Liberal Democrats are on 11% (+2) and Reform UK is on 8% (no change).

Rishi Sunak’s approval has also continued to slide downwards, as a majority (53%) disapprove while 23% approve. This leaves a -30% net approval – a marked drop from his -25% net approval two weeks ago. Keir Starmer’s approval is much better by comparison, although it has fallen slightly.

Three in ten (30%) approve of the Labour leader while 39% disapprove, leaving a -9% approval. This is 2 points down from a fortnight ago. Starmer also remains the preferred choice for Prime Minister, with 29% choosing him compared to 23% picking Sunak. However, crucially, a larger proportion pick neither (38%).

How does Sunak compare to other Conservative PMs when it comes to economic affairs?

In the public’s eyes, Rishi Sunak is seen as being less competent at economic affairs than most previous Conservative prime ministers. Out of the last five leaders, David Cameron ranked highest for economic management, with 40% thinking the party handled the economy well when he was PM while 44% thought the party handled the economy badly.

Sunak ranked below Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, as 27% thinking his Conservatives are handling the economy well but 60% thinking they’re handling it poorly.

Liz Truss is seen as handling economic affairs the worst, with a large majority (78%) thinking her party performed poorly, and just 10% thinking they did well.

Pre-election wishes

Ahead of the next General Election, more than half (54%) would like to see the government cut NHS waiting times. A similar number would like to see inflation cut (52%) and an improvement in energy security (41%).

However, around half of the public think each of these measures are unachievable for a Conservative government (56%, 45% and 46% respectively).

Adam Drummond, Head of Political and Social Research at Opinium said, “There remain no signs of a Conservative turnaround in the polls, with Labour on a 15 point lead.

“Looking ahead to the next election, voters most want to see the Conservative government focus on cutting NHS waiting times and cutting inflation.

“Despite these being two of the five pledges Rishi Sunak made earlier in the year, the public remain skeptical of his government being able to do so, with around half of voters thinking these are unachievable under his government.”

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