Boris Johnson polls: PM’s approval rating continues to drop – latest data

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Towards the end of 2021, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to contend with several controversies which left his approval rating at an all-time low. Now as we enter the New Year, how do the UK public view the PM? Will he still be in charge of the Government by the time we reach the conclusion of 2022?

According to the latest survey conducted by YouGov – released on December 20 – Mr Johnson has an overall approval rating of 23 percent.

In comparison, 71 percent of the participants said that they disapprove of the job that the PM is currently doing, while five percent said that they were unsure.

The current score is the lowest the measure has been with the market researcher since Mr Johnson assumed office in July 2019.

At its peak, he had an approval rating of 66 percent – as of April 2020.

In addition, the latest findings demonstrate that Mr Johnson’s popularity with the public has dropped by six percent compared with his November rating.

For full clarity, YouGov asked all of the people who took part in their survey: “Do you think that Boris Johnson is doing well or badly as Prime Minister?”.

They conduct this research once a month and ask between 1,623 and 3,326 UK residents each time.

How does this compare with Sir Keir Starmer?

Sir Keir Starmer currently has an approval rating of 28 percent.

Consequently, this score represents a rise of four percentage points contrasted with how he was scored by the UK public the month before.

The research was conducted and released during the same time frame that the public were asked for their opinions on the PM.

Furthermore, it took in the same number of participants.

More people are unsure about whether Mr Starmer is doing a good job as Labour leader, with 20 percent of respondents answering this way.

However, fewer people answered that he was doing “badly” (56 percent) compared with Mr Johnson’s own score.

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Why has Mr Johnson’s approval rating dropped?

Before we reached the end of last year, Mr Johnson had to face up to allegations that a number of Christmas parties took place in Downing Street, in 2020, that were a breach of Covid regulations.

An investigation is ongoing to explore the accusations in further detail but their emergence led to a revolt from Tory MP’s and voters alike.

Rewind a month beforehand and the PM faced criticism for his handling of the sleaze scandal, which engulfed his own party.

Indeed, within the next few weeks, the committee on standards in public life are expected to return their written reforms regarding MPs holding second jobs to Mr Johnson.

In their latest odds, the betting agent Betfair has placed a 49 percent chance of Mr Johnson no longer being PM by the next Conservative Party Conference, in October 2022.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak is the favourite to replace him at odds of 9/4.

Mr Johnson still has more than two years left of his first term as Prime Minister, with the next UK General Election not until May 2024.

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