Ipsos MORI’s latest Political Monitor shows ratings for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have slipped since September. Our latest voting intention figures show the Conservatives and Labour neck- and-neck with the Conservatives on 35% (down 4 points), Labour on 36% (no change), the Liberal Democrats on 9% (no change) and the Greens on 11% (up 5 points). Fieldwork was conducted 29 October to 4 November (mostly before the Commons standards vote last week).
Overall satisfaction with Boris Johnson has also fallen. A third (34%) are satisfied with the way he is doing his job as Prime Minister (down 5 points from September) while three in five (61%) are dissatisfied (up 10 points) leaving him a net satisfaction rating of -27. Satisfaction with the government has also reduced – three in ten (29%) are satisfied with its performance (down 6 points) while 62% are dissatisfied (up 11 points) leaving it a net score of -33.
Keir Starmer has seen a slight improvement in his scores. Three in ten (29%) are satisfied with his job as leader of the opposition (up 4 points) while half (50%) are dissatisfied (no change) leaving him with a net satisfaction score of -21. Ed Davey has also seen little change with 20% satisfied with him as the Liberal Democrat leader (up 1 point) and 37% dissatisfied (up 4 points) giving him a net score of -17.
Boris Johnson however remains more popular amongst his party’s supporters than Keir Starmer does amongst Labour’s supporters. Seven in ten (72%) of Conservative supporters are satisfied with the PM (22% are dissatisfied) compared with 42% of Labour supporters who are satisfied with Keir Starmer (with same proportion – 42% – dissatisfied).
The latest Political Monitor also reveals a fall in the proportion of people thinking Boris Johnson has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister with a third (34%) agreeing (down 11 points from June) while more than half (55%) disagree (up 12 points), his worst score since June 2019. Keir Starmer however has seen a small improvement with a fall in those disagreeing he has what it takes (down 7 points to 41%), although little change in those believing he has (25%.