UK: Voting intention – 24th November 2021
Labour maintains lead over the Conservatives
Labour maintains its narrow lead with 38% of the vote share (up one point), with the Conservatives on 36%.
Keir Starmer has also seen an increase in his approval rating and is now at+1% (32% approve, 31% disapprove), well ahead of Boris Johnson whose approval is -17% (31% approve, 48% disapprove).
Johnson’s lead on who would make the best prime minister is just two points, 29% vs. 27% for Starmer (80% of Conservative voters back Johnson vs. just 71% backing Starmer). However, both leaders are behind “none of these” on 31%. If forced to choose, a different picture emerges with 42% of the public preferring a Labour government led by Starmer compared to 36% who would prefer a Conservative government led by Johnson.
Boris suffers more blows
Meanwhile, almost half (48%) think Boris Johnson should resign as leader (although dropping to 13% of Conservative voters) whereas 31% think he should remain. If Johnson was to resign, a third (36%) think Rishi Sunak should replace him, rising to over half (52%) of Conservative voters.
Two-in-five (40%) say Johnson has been a worse Prime Minister than they expected, with 32% saying he has been what they expected. A fifth (21%) say he has been better than they expected, rising to 48% of Conservative voters. The majority (58%) think his premiership has been bad for the county, and 54% think he’s been bad for the economy.
New Covid variant
With the news that a new variant of the Covid-19 virus has appeared in South Africa and Belgium, 42% of Brits think the UK is badly prepared for a future pandemic vs. 34% who think the UK is well prepared, while 24% say they “Don’t know”.
Full data tables are available here.