Polling shows Keir Starmer outperforming Boris Johnson on leadership
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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."