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08 September 2019

Financial Times: FT poll shows voters prefer Johnson to Corbyn

Boris Johnson is seen as a better choice of prime minister by almost twice as many voters as his rival, Jeremy Corbyn, according to a new poll for the Financial Times.

The Tory leader has been mired in political chaos since he took office in late July, having lost his majority, sacked 21 MPs and seen his own brother walk out of the government.

Yet the poll of 2,103 people by BritainThinks, a research and strategy consultancy, suggests that Mr Johnson enjoys much stronger support than the leader of the Labour party. Some 30 per cent of those polled between August 30 and September 1 preferred the Tory leader as prime minister, compared with 14 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

However, 34 per cent of those polled said they did not know who would make the best leader — a bigger proportion than supported either Mr Johnson or Mr Corbyn.

Other leaders trailed behind, with the Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage on 8 per cent, the Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon on 8 per cent and Jo Swinson of the Liberal Democrats on 7 per cent. Voters were asked to rate each leader as “effective or ineffective”, on a scale of 0-10, where Winston Churchill came first at 7.8.

Mr Corbyn came in last with an average of just 3.2. However, all of the leaders had weak scores, with Mr Johnson and Ms Sturgeon at 4.6, Mr Farage at 4.4 and Ms Swinson at 4.0. [...]

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