Labour misery rages on: Keir Starmer under pressure as party STILL lags behind Tories

Keir Starmer says people ‘want the government to succeed’

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And Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes, has said the results of the survey indicated that the Government’s coronavirus strategy was paying dividends as people’s worries begin to recede. Savanta ComRes’s latest Westminster Voting Intention poll put the Conservatives on 42 percent – down one point compared with last week.

However, Labour was unchanged on 36 percent, highlighting Sir Keir’s ongoing struggle to generate any traction, almost a year after being elected the party’s leader.

Mr Hopkins said: “Our latest polling is very much ‘business as usual’, or so it seems at the moment, with a healthy Conservative lead backed up by a decrease in worry about coronavirus and approval scores for the government creeping higher.

“While there’s a long way to go in the pandemic yet, the government’s cautious approach appears, for now, to be paying dividends as it manages the expectations of the country far better, making them look more competent and seeing the rewards in improved public opinion.”

The Liberal Democrats were on eight percent in Savanta ComRes’s percent with the SNP and the Greens on four percent, and others on eight percent.

Savanta ComRes interviewed 2,000 UK adults between March 5 and 7.

In terms of the way in which leading political figures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Mr Johnson had a net rating of -4 percent, while Sir Keir was rated at -1 percent.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was likewise rated at -4 percent, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak, fresh from his recent Spring Budget statement, was on +15.

Among 2016 Leave voters, two thirds (64 percent) would now vote for the Conservatives, while one in five would vote for Labour (19 percent).

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Data from Savanta ComRes’s Coronavirus Tracker indicated levels of worry about COVID-19 are falling sharply.

Two in five (41 percent) said they are either “very worried” (28 percent) or the ‘most worried ever’ (13 percent).

The figures represented an 11 percent drop since a combined score of half (52 percent) who said the same for the week ending January 31.

Among Remain voters, a quarter would vote for the Conservatives (24 percent), with just under half saying they would vote for Labour (47 percent).

The current combined score is the lowest recorded by Savanta since the week ending September 20, 2020 (40 percent).

The proportion of the public who say the Government is not doing enough to support employees (46 percent), and small businesses (36 percent) have both fallen significantly from highs of 53 percent for the week ending February 7, 2021) and 44 percent (week ending October 2020) respectively.

Sir Keir has found it difficult to build momentum since succeeding predecessor Jeremy Corbyn last April.

A paper published earlier this month and co-written by Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery, both of whom served in Mr Corbyn’s top team, warned: “Having spoken to many members of the Labour movement over the last year, it is becoming clearer that the party is becoming more disconnected from its movement and values.

“It would be reasonable to predict that the blunder and incompetence of the Prime Minister’s response to the Covid crisis, and his failure to implement adequate emergency measures such as test and trace, would lead to a big hit in the polls. This has not happened.”

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