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17 September 2019

YouGov: Despite difficulties in Parliament, Boris has grown in popularity since becoming PM

The latest YouGov favourability data also finds that Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is now much more recognisable to the public.

While Boris Johnson has been mostly making headlines for his struggles against Parliament, new YouGov polling reveals that the ongoing Brexit chaos hasn’t adversely affected the PM’s favourability figures - which are, in fact, slightly higher now than they were when he first moved into Downing Street.

Currently 38% of Brits say they have a favourable view of the Prime Minister, compared to 54% with an unfavourable opinion of him, giving a net score of -16.

This is an improvement from the net score of -21 he received when the same survey was conducted on 23-24 July, just as he had been announced as having won the Conservative Party leadership contest and would therefore be the next Prime Minister.

By contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn languishes far behind on a net score of -49, with 21% of Britons holding a positive opinion of him and 70% a negative one.

Since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson has experienced a boost of 21 points among Conservative voters (from a net score of +29 on 23/24 July to +50 now) and a 16 point increase among Leave voters (from +30 to +46). [...]

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