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Public more favourable towards Rishi Sunak than Johnson or Starmer

by LLB Editor
17th Jul 20 7:52 am

The latest Ipsos MORI Political Pulse shows the British public continue to be more favourable towards Chancellor Rishi Sunak than they are towards Prime Minister Boris Johnson or Labour leader Keir Starmer.

IPSOS MORI Research Director Keiran Pedley said of the findings: Rishi Sunak continues to enjoy a positive reputation with the British public which may not be surprising considering our research shows that they think he has done a very good job handling the coronavirus pandemic. It will be interesting to see if these numbers hold through challenging times ahead, where increasing numbers of the British public think things are headed in the ‘wrong direction’.”

  • 48% are favourable towards Sunak and 22% unfavourable. These numbers have not changed much since we first asked the question in May where 47% were favourable and 18% unfavourable.
  • Boris Johnson continues to divide opinion with roughly as many favourable towards the Prime Minister (41%) as unfavourable (42%). In June 39% were favourable and 43% unfavourable.
  • Conservative voters are just as favourable towards Johnson (78%) as they are Sunak (78%).
  • Meanwhile, among the general public, 33% are favourable towards Labour leader Keir Starmer and 29% are unfavourable. Starmer’s favourable ratings have fallen slightly (3 points) since last month and his unfavourable ratings have increased 3 points – which may reflect the first signs of his honeymoon period with voters coming to an end. However, 31% continue to be neutral towards the Labour leader (the same as last month) whilst 6% don’t know.
  • 6 in 10 (60%) Labour voters have a favourable opinion of Starmer with 1 in 10 (11%) unfavourable. 1 in 4 (27%) are neutral and 2% don’t know.

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