Wednesday 10 June 2020 3:38 pm

Boris Johnson's approval rating continues to plummet in new poll

Public confidence in Boris Johnson continues to plummet, as new polling shows his approval rating drop to minus 7 per cent.

A new YouGov poll shows that 43 per cent of Britons think the Prime Minister is doing a good job, with 50 per cent saying he is performing poorly.

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This is down from a plus 22 per cent approval rating from YouGov polling just one month ago on 9 May.

The public’s confidence in the Prime Minister has taken a battering as the Covid-19 crisis has progressed, with the UK now having the second-most total coronavirus deaths in the world.

Johnson’s reluctance to sack chief adviser Dominic Cummings during a public row about his trip to Durham during the lockdown also led to a sharp decline in his approval numbers.

YouGov polling research manager Chris Curtis said: “The government’s approval ratings looked unsustainably high at the start of the coronavirus crisis, given this is a metric that has sat in negative territory for almost all of the past two decades.”

The polling also showed Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with a plus 27 per cent approval rating, with 40 per cent saying he looked like “a Prime Minister in waiting”.

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However, the YouGov poll also showed just 26 per cent of people thought the Labour party as a whole were ready to form government.

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Three polls over the weekend also saw the Conservatives and Labour as neck-and-neck in two-party preferred polling.

The Tory lead over Labour was three per cent or less for the polls completed by YouGov, Deltapoll and Opinium.

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