Just 6% of Labour supporters disapprove of Keir Starmer’s leadership, polling finds

PUBLISHED: 10:25 03 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 August 2020

Keir Starmer with workers from the creative industry. Photograph: Twitter.

Keir Starmer with workers from the creative industry. Photograph: Twitter.

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Despite calls for a vote of no confidence in the Labour leader, new polling has revealed a majority of party supporters approve of Keir Starmer’s leadership.

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Opinium polling reveals that amongst Labour supporters more than three-quarters of supporters approve of Starmer’s leadership since he has taken over the party in April.

Polling taken at the end of July reveals 77% support Starmer in his leadership role, compared to just 6% that disapprove.

Amongst Labour voters in the 2019 general election the number of dissatisfied rises slightly to 9%, with 69% approving of the Labour leader.

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The figures for Labour supporters are only just below Tory approval of Johnson as leader, which shows 83% approve and 5% disapprove.

For Johnson, amongst 2019 Tory voters 70% still support the prime minister, but 15% disapprove.

With Lib Dem supporters, more are satisfied with Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party (65% to 8%) compared to acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey (55% to 4%).

Overall 44% of all voters believe Starmer is doing a good job, compared to 22% who disagree, whereas 36% think Johnson is doing a good job compared to 45% who disagree.

The polling comes as a Momentum branch in Camden lobbied on the national group to ensure the party’s National Executive Committee call for a vote of no confidence in Starmer.

In a blog post the group claimed that Starmer had “refused to hold this Tory government accountable for its handling of the pandemic, making Labour complicit in a per capita death rate which is the second highest in the world and which has disproportionately affected people of colour.”

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