Snap YouGov poll finds public split nearly 50/50 on who won ITV debate

PUBLISHED: 21:37 19 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:15 20 November 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn argue in the ITV debate. Photograph: ITV/PA.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn argue in the ITV debate. Photograph: ITV/PA.

YouGov figures report the public is split nearly 50/50 in deciding who won the first TV election debate.

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It suggests the public is about as divided as they were three years ago when the UK voted to leave the EU, with 51% of respondents to a poll by YouGov saying that Boris Johnson performed best in the ITV debate while 49% say that Jeremy Corbyn was strongest.

The figures of the snap poll were rebased to exclude don't knows.

Overall, however, 67% believe Jeremy Corbyn performed well in the debate compared to 59% that believe Boris Johnson performed well.

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The figures also found that Jeremy Corbyn was ranked more trustworthy (by 45% to 40%) and more in touch with ordinary people (by 59% to 25%). But Boris Johnson was ranked more prime ministerial (by 54% to 29%) and more likeable (by 54% to 37%).

YouGov also ran a preliminary survey published earlier in the day that showed the public expected Boris Johnson to perform better by 37% to Jeremy Corbyn's 23%.

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