Boris humiliated: Starmer seen as tougher on Brexit in shock poll showing Labour surge

Mr Johnson was humiliated by Mr Starmer in the new survey which sees the Labour leader storming ahead in winning over voters thanks to what they see as his competency, strong leadership and tough negotiating skills. The Labour leader was considered more competent than the Prime Minister and, crucially, he was seen as a safer pair of hands to negotiate Britain’s Brexit with the EU. The pollsters interviewed the public then calculated a score based on their response and the figures are an embarrassment for Mr Johnson as they show the Labour leader with a score of 28 for political competence compared to the Prime Minister’s score of MINUS 4.

On leadership Mr Starmer gets 21 points and Mr Johnson minus 2.

And on ability to negotiate with the EU the pollsters put Mr Starmer on 4 and Mr Johnson on 2.

The poll was carried out to mark Mr Starmer’s first 100 days of leadership and the results will come as a significant warning in Downing Street as the poll found 52 per cent can imagine him as Prime Minister.

The poll includes a third of Tory voters.

Almost 50 per cent of say their opinion of the party has become more favourable since he took over from Jeremy Corbyn.

However, the Opinium survey for the Observer also highlighted how far the Labour Party still has to go to recover after its election catastrophe in December.

Only 36 per cent thought Labour had a serious chance of winning the next election.

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On headline voting intention the Conservatives had a four-point advantage.

Many Tory MPs have been increasingly impressed and concerned at the start made by Mr Starmer since he succeeded Mr Corbyn.

The Labour leader was singled out for praise for his approach in dealing with antisemitism.

Mr Starmer has also impressed with his performances at Prime Minister’s Questions, attacking and holding the Government to account in a way which seemed to evade Jeremy Corbyn.

When it came to the competence of each leader, Sir Keir scored an impressive result of 28, compared to Boris Johnson’s score of -4.

It is believed this is down to a series of blunders by the government during their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister was also awarded -2 for ‘strong leadership’ meanwhile Sir Keir bagged another win with 21 points.

In fact, the Labour leader even scored higher when people asked him who they preferred to negotiate with the EU.

Mr Johnson, whose election mantra was ‘Get Brexit Done’ recorded a net rating of plus two compared to plus four for Sir Keir.

Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said: “This week’s results highlight how far Labour has come in Keir Starmer’s first 100 days but also how far they would still have to go to have a chance of winning power.”

“The Labour leader is seen as a potential prime minister by 52 per cent of voters and 49 per cent say that he has made their perception of Labour more positive, versus 29 per cent for Jeremy Corbyn at this point in his leadership.”

“However, far fewer believe Labour is ready for government and this is particularly the case in seats Labour lost in 2019.”

“This speaks to the central question of Starmer’s leadership so far: do the public see him as a potential winner in 2024 or are his strong ratings a more temporary phenomenon and down to the public seeking a sober, reassuring figure at a time of crisis?”


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