Boris Johnson ‘more popular than when he took office’ despite Brexit woes, according to new poll

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17th September 2019

Boris Johnson is now more popular than when he first took office despite being hit by a series of setbacks on Brexit, according to a new poll.

Boris Johnson's net favourability score has increased since he became Prime Minister
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The YouGov survey showed that 38% of voters now have a favourable view of him, compared to 54% with an unfavourable view.

That gives him a net score of -16, an improvement from the -21 he got at the time of the last poll in July, shortly before he took over from Theresa May.

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In the two months since, Mr Johnson has lost six consecutive Commons votes, including two attempts to call a general elections.

He also saw MPs - including 21 rebel Tories - pass a law forcing him to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline if he can't reach a deal, and caused a constitutional crisis by suspending Parliament.

Mr Johnson's favourability ratings are also far better than Jeremy Corbyn, who has a net score of -49, unchanged from two months ago.

Among Conservative voters, the Prime Minister now has a favourability rating of +50, while among Leave supporters it is +46.

Unsurprisingly, he scores -75 with Remain voters.

Elsewhere, the poll also found that new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is now much more recognisable than she was, although her favourability score is -12.

However she is “substantially more popular among Remain voters than Jeremy Corbyn”, the firm said.

The Labour leader holds a net favourability score of -24 among those who voted to remain in the EU in 2016, while Ms Swinson is at +29 with the same group.

The survey comes after the Tories opened up a 14-point lead over Labour, with two polls last weekend putting them on 35% of the vote, with Labour at just 21%.