Tory lead has dropped from 26 points to FOUR since Keir Starmer became Labour leader

PUBLISHED: 21:04 30 May 2020 | UPDATED: 21:11 30 May 2020

"Unless the Lib Dems swing decisively behind Labour, both in ideology and electoral tactics, it is hard to see a winning strategy for Keir Starmers Labour party in the 2024 election." Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The Tory leader over Labour has dropped from 26 points in latch March to just four in the latest Opinium polling since Labour installed a new leader.

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Fresh polling by Opinium polling for the Observer has found that the Tory lead has dropped by eight points in the last week alone.

The Tories are now on 43% of support (down four points), while Labour is on 39% of support (up four points).

The Lib Dems remain on 6%, the SNP on 5% and the Greens on 3%.

It is the lowest Tory lead in nine months, the largest weekly drop Opinium has recorded since 2017, and one of the highest figures for Labour in over a year.


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The drop in support can be attributed to Labour’s new leader - elected at the start of April - as well as the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The currently polling numbers give a 9.5% swing to Labour since Jeremy Corbyn stepped down.

The polling found a drop in how well the prime minister is doing - 37% now approve of his work, compared to 45% the week before.

Johnson now only narrowly leads over Starmer as to who made the best leader - 36% for the PM, and 33% for the leader of the opposition.

The pollster has also found that two-thirds of the public surveyed do not believe Dominic Cummings.

A total of 81% of the public think he broke the rules, and 52% of Tory voters think he should quit.

The survey also found 68% of the public think he should go - and 66% think the prime minister should fire him if he does not resign.

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