Keir Starmer approval rating: Labour leader's make or break moment as Boris Johnson rocked


The Labour leader’s personal opinion ratings have barely budged over the past month as Boris Johnson’s support across the country has crumbled. Pressure has been mounting on Mr Johnson over accusations of a series of illegal parties in Downing Street during Covid lockdowns.

Even his own MPs have started to turn against him as the once saviour of the party finds himself increasingly isolated.

Voting intention polls have now turned in the favour of Labour, with the Opposition consistently now favourite to win an election if one was called tomorrow.

The party has been buoyed by the results after spending months trying to present itself as a Government in waiting.

But they risk looking like a well-oiled ship without a captain.

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While significantly more popular than the Prime Minister, Sir Keir is failing to win over voters.

An Opinium poll released last weekend gave him a net approval rating of plus three, meaning a sizeable majority of the population still have a negative view of him.

If anything, the survey of 2,101 UK adults between January 5 and 7 saw a slight drop in support for Sir Keir.

Opinium gave the Labour leader had an approval rating of plus four just before Christmas.

It’s a problem the Holborn and St Pancras MP quickly needs to address if he wants to be the next occupant in No10.

The last Labour leader of the Opposition to win an election – Tony Blair – was so popular ahead of the 1997 vote that entire campaign adverts were run that failed to mention which party he represented.

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“Vote Tony” was the message displayed on TV screens across the country.

There is little such love for Sir Keir at present.

But “party gate”, as it has become known, gives him a chance to really make a break through with voters.

Very few are willing to stick up for the Prime Minister with polls indicating a majority across the country think he should resign.

As a former Director of Public Prosecutions, he has a good record when it comes to tackling rule-breaking and can use his background to his advantage.

It gives him the upper hand on Mr Johnson, able to paint himself as a man of integrity rather than a reckless rule breaker.

The issue is an open goal for the Opposition leader.

If he fails to take it, many will feel forced to accept there is no hope he can ever raise his game to become Prime Minister.


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