Polling shows Keir Starmer outperforming Boris Johnson on leadership

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer talks to breakfast television. Photograph: Peter Byrne

Another poll has shown Sir Keir Starmer as being viewed as a better leader than Boris Johnson. - Credit: PA

Fresh polling has show Sir Keir Starmer outperforming Boris Johnson on a number of leadership qualities.

The latest Ipsos MORI Political Monitor survey found 50% of respondents viewed Sir Keir as 'more understanding' of the problems facing Britain than Johnson, who only received 43%.

Sir Keir also trumped Johnson on the scale of who was the more capable leader (44% to 37%) and sound judgement (43% to 30%), and as a good representative for Britain on the world stage (42% against 30%).

He was also seen as a more honest politicians with 36% saying they trusted sir Keir more than Johnson, who scored 27%.

The public were more discerning of the current prime minister with 58% saying he was out of touch with ordinary Britons, compared with Sir Keir's 27%, and being of more style than substance (46% vs 21%).

Both leaders were given almost equal scores on giving confidence in Britain's future.


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Sir Keir is also seen as more likeable than previous leaders, receiving 51%. Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn only managed to 46% in September 2017.

That is Labour's best score since 2007.

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Meanwhile, the government's satisfaction ratings continued to drop.

Only two in five say they are satisfied with the way the prime minister is doing his job (40%, down 7 points) while more than half say they are dissatisfied (54%, up six points). That leaves Johnson with a net satisfaction sore of -14.

Sir Keir Starmer’s ratings have also fallen, though remain positive on balance. 43% are satisfied with his performance as Labour leader (down 5 points) and 27% dissatisfied (up 1 point) giving him a net satisfaction score of +16.

A third state they are satisfied with the government (35%, down 9 points) while 57% are dissatisfied (up 9 points).

A Tory lead at the ballot box is also waning with the latest figures on voting intentions showing a drop of 5% for the Tories, which now sit on 40%. Labour remains steady at 37% and the Liberal Democrats 8%.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: "Although a bit of the shine is coming off, Keir Starmer is still doing relatively well in public perceptions for a new opposition leader – and he’s liked among older voters as well as the young.

"He’s building an image of a capable leader with sound judgement rather than on his personality, but still has work to do to convert his popularity into support for his party."

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