Westminster Voting Intention and Leadership Approval Ratings amid COVID19 crisis
Lockdown leaves party politics in limbo with Keir Starmer denied traditional honeymoon period
Survation’s latest national voting intention poll, conducted 27th-28th April, shows the Conservatives at 48% holding a commanding 17-point lead over Labour, in spite of continued pressure over the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 lockdown, in particular on personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and the economy.
Westminster Voting Intention
At 48%, the Conservatives are four points ahead of their winning vote share at the December 2019 general election. Labour’s current figure is 31%, compared to 32% vote share in that election. The Liberal Democrats are polling at 8%, having received 12% of vote share in December. The Green Party, who won 3% of votes, are currently on 5%, with the Scottish National Party recording 4% of Westminster vote share, as they did in the election.
“Brexit Party” was not prompted in the list of parties. Rather, respondents wrote-in their intention to vote for the Brexit Party.
Leadership Approval Ratings
Looking at Conservative and Labour party leaders, Boris Johnson is enjoying a net +39% satisfaction rating, with 61% of respondents satisfied with his performance as Prime Minister, compared to 22% dissatisfied. Keir Starmer, the new Labour Party leader, has a net rating of +13%, including a 29% rate of satisfaction with 16% dissatisfied.
While the Prime Minister has a +26% lead in net ratings over the Leader of the Opposition, there are fewer people dissatisfied with Starmer than with Johnson. However, the coronavirus crisis has inhibited the ‘honeymoon period’ associated with changes in party leadership, where there is intense interest in a new leader.
In this context, and in the absence of the sort of pre-leadership public recognition that Johnson had, understandably there are high numbers of people who have yet to make up their mind about Starmer, who became Labour leader in April. A majority of respondents either said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (43%), or don’t know (12%).
We also look at leadership satisfaction by how people voted in the 2019 general election. 89% of Conservative voters are satisfied with Boris, giving him a net rating of +87% five months after leading the party to victory. Among Labour voters, 47% are satisfied with Keir, who became leader four months after the election. His net rating is +39%.
Survation polled 1,023 adults in the UK. Fieldwork was between 27th – 28th April 2020. Data tables are available here.
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