by Ian Shires on 23 May, 2020
The latest Ipsos MORI poll shows that some of the positive bounce seen last month in the national mood and for Boris Johnson’s ratings has fallen away. However, the online survey, carried out between 15-18 May, finds that Mr Johnson’s ratings are still higher than they were before the lockdown started.
Leader favourability ratings
Party favourability ratings
There is little change in party favourability ratings this month.
The proportion of Britons saying Britain is moving in the right direction has fallen seven points to 33%, and is once again outnumbered by those who think the country is on the wrong track (also up seven to 42%). This is a similar picture to March. As might be expected, those who voted Conservative in the 2019 General Election are most positive, with 53% agreeing the country is heading the in the right direction (against just 18% of Labour voters), although this has fallen from 71% last month.
Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “There are signs some of the rallying-around effect we saw after the first lockdown announcements and Boris Johnson’s subsequent illness are falling away. But they haven’t completely disappeared – the Prime Minister is still getting better feedback than earlier in the year, or even before the election. And he’s not the only politician getting good scores, with the Chancellor getting as many positives and far fewer critics. Meanwhile Keir Starmer also gets more supporters than critics, and the Labour party has lost at least some of the negative reaction it was generating before. As people continue to make their mind up over the new Labour leader, it will be crucial for him to keep first impressions positive.”Leave a comment