UK: Voting intention – 8th October 2020
Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck, which appears to have been the general position since mid-August
In our latest poll, the Conservatives and Labour are neck and neck in voting intention (both 40%). Labour are down 2 points from a fortnight ago, while the Conservatives are up 1 point.
The public are split on who would make best Prime Minister. Keir Starmer leads by 1 point, down from 4 points a fortnight ago. 33% think the Labour leader would make the best Prime Minster (down from 36% a fortnight ago), compared to 32% who think Boris Johnson would.
Public approval of Rishi Sunak remains high compared to the generally negative opinion of how the government as a whole has handled Covid
The public’s general disapproval of the government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis continues, with broadly similar numbers for this since July. Currently half (50%) disapprove of the government’s handling of the crisis, while 31% approve – similar to a fortnight ago (50% disapproved and 30% approved two weeks ago).
The consistent pattern of the Covid period has been that the government’s economic responses have been seen as far more successful than more medical responses such as management of test and trace or PPE for NHS workers. That has fed into public perceptions of key members of the cabinet with Rishi Sunak being the only cabinet minister with a net positive rating.
You can find the full report here.
You can find the full data tables here.