New poll puts Keir Starmer’s favourability 50 points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn

PUBLISHED: 09:19 04 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2020

Keir Starmer in the House of Commons. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/House of Commons/UK Parliament.

Keir Starmer in the House of Commons. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/House of Commons/UK Parliament.

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New polling of the public has found Keir Starmer’s net favourability has jumped 50 points compared to where Jeremy Corbyn left off as Labour leader.

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The new Opinium polling, taken four weeks after he became leader, gives Starmer a 36% approval rating compared to a 18% disapproval rating. It puts the Labour leader on +18 points, way ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s last recorded poll figure of -51 points.

Starmer also has a 68% approval rating within his own party, with just 5% of members disapproving of his leadership so far.

But Johnson still remains the most popular political leader across the UK with a 51% approval rating compared to a 31% disapproval rating, putting him on +20 points, two ahead of his Labour counterpart.

Nigel Farage’s approval rating has significantly dropped in recent weeks with just 19% approving and 42% disapproving, putting him at -23 points overall.

Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, sits at 13% approval rating an 21% disapproval, giving him an overall score of -8 points.

Nicola Sturgeon’s net favourability score is +9 points with the UK overall, but counting just Scotland she is given a massive 60% approval rating, compared to a 22% disapproval rating.

Starmer’s positive ratings have also won him support with Remainers, who appear to have moved in support of Labour.

A total of 46% would now back Labour if an election was held tomorrow, 19% would vote Conservative, 10% Lib Dem, 5% SNP, 5% Green, and 1% Plaid Cymru.


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But there is a bigger mountain to climb with the overall population, with 42% saying they would vote Conservative, 29% Labour, 5% Lib Dem, 4% SNP, and 3% Green.

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