Johnson’s leader ratings fall to Corbyn’s GE2019 levels

Johnson’s leader ratings fall to Corbyn’s GE2019 levels

Johnson Jan 2022 Corbyn before GE2019 The above Wikipedia tables show how the ratings collapse that Johnson has experienced is not that much different from how his foe at GE2019, then LAB leader Corbyn, was seen by voters. In fact Johnson’s lowest net rating is even worse than Corbyn’s There is little doubt that Johnson is facing a huge challenge as he tries to deal with the reports of what went on at Number 10 during the toughest lockdown period…

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The future of Johnson dominates the Friday front pages

The future of Johnson dominates the Friday front pages

There is little doubt that Downing Street has mounted a big operation in the past couple of days to stop a no-confidence move against the Prime Minister. As we all know party managers are tasked with ensuring that 54 CON MPs don’t request a confidence ballot and we have no idea what the current totals are. Inevitably when so much is at stake and the incumbent is determined to stay then some of the persuasion tactics in the Commons are…

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Johnson trails Sunak by a staggering18% as “Better PM”

Johnson trails Sunak by a staggering18% as “Better PM”

In polling carried out this week Redfield and Wilton asked the question – which of Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson would “be the better PM at the moment”. The results are quite striking and we have not seen anything like this before – certainly since I started PB eighteen years ago. For in a contest between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the current Prime Minister, 42% say Rishi Sunak and 24% say Boris Johnson would be the better Prime Minister….

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Punters give Johnson just a 32% chance of surviving 2022

Punters give Johnson just a 32% chance of surviving 2022

What happens if the Gray report is not black and white? One thing that the events of this week has reinforced in my mind is how tough it can be to get rid of a PM who is really determined to stay. The current incumbent is not going to go quietly and will use everything in his considerable armory to hang in there. The front page of the Telegraph this morning is even suggesting that he might not stand aside…

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It’s a long time since a LAB leader was dominating the Tories

It’s a long time since a LAB leader was dominating the Tories

Who would have thought only a couple of months ago that LAB would by mid-January be totally dominating CON in the House of Commons and have double digit voting intention leads? Yet there has been a total change. In the leader ratings as well Johnson has dropped sharply and in the past week in one poll to minus 48%. while Starmer is hovering around evens and in one or two polls is in positive territory. Johnson won against Corbyn at…

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Tory MP defects to Labour

Tory MP defects to Labour

Just before PMQs, I think this could be one of the grimmest ever PMQs for a Prime Minister in a long time, I don’t have enough popcorn for this. The most important question. Is this the first of many? This red wall polling might focus minds. TSE

Lords a-leaping

Lords a-leaping

“Too clever by half” – not a phrase instantly associated with Priti Patel. Yet her decision to make some significant substantive amendments to the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill after the Commons had discussed it, amendments many of which were voted down by the Lords Monday night, now means that the government cannot reintroduce them when the Bill returns to the Commons. Not without introducing a fresh Bill. If they were so necessary she is now stuck. Alternatively, they were…

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Let’s get this right. CON won GE2019 because of Corbyn not Johnson

Let’s get this right. CON won GE2019 because of Corbyn not Johnson

The Tweet from “‘Forgotten Genius” – for many years a PB regular – hits the nail on the head. The Tories won their big GE2019 majority not because of their leader but as a result of the threat of Corbyn becoming PM. As the Tweet rightly points out Johnson was in negative ratings territory On election day in December 2019 Opinium carried out a survey. One aspect was to find out why previous Labour voters were switching and this chart,…

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