The Conservatives and Labour are level-pegging in the latest Savanta ComRes Westminster Voting Intention, only the second time the Conservatives have not led in a Savanta ComRes poll since July 2019.
The two main parties are tied on 40% of the vote, with the Conservatives down 2 points from last week, while Labour are up 1 point. The Liberal Democrats are unchanged, on 7%, while the other parties, including the SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green, Brexit Party and Northern Irish parties, are on 13%.
Approval of the Prime Minster, the Chancellor, and the Government’s pandemic handling has slid to their lowest ever levels. According to the Savanta Coronavirus Data Tracker (measuring how the public approve or disapprove with the handling of the pandemic), the Prime Minister’s net approval is now -21%, down 2 points from the previous week and at its lowest ever level. The approval of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, at +9%, is also his lowest. Net approval of the UK Government as a whole is now -16%, down 3 points from the previous week.
Commenting on the findings, Chris Hopkins, Associate Director at Savanta ComRes said, “These numbers paint a sorry picture for the UK Government and the inhabitants of No 10 and 11, who in the space of a week have surrendered their lead over Labour and dropped to their lowest ever pandemic handling approval ratings. The Government will be hoping that its decisive action over the weekend begins to turn the tide.
“For the Labour Party, the picture is much more positive. In the wake of the EHRC report into anti-Semitism in the party, the new leadership would have hoped that its prompt action would have translated into a polling impact. While it appears it has, Starmer has yet to see a commanding or maintained lead over the Conservatives.”