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The Labour Party has secured a three-point lead over the Tories, according to a new poll. This puts Sir Keir Starmer ahead of Boris Johnson for the first time. The survey also found voters believe the Labour leader is ready to be prime minister.
The survey, by Opinium for The Observer newspaper, put Labour on 42 percent, with the Tories on 39 percent.
It is the first time Labour has been ahead of the Government since early July 2019, a few weeks before Theresa May stepped down as Tory leader and Prime Minister.
The SNP came behind the two main parties on six percent, followed by the Lib Dems on five percent and Green Party on four percent.
The poll also suggested voters have faith in Sir Keir’s leadership as 55 percent believe the newly elected Labour leader is ready to be prime minister.
In addition, 40 percent believe Labour is ready to form the next Government.
When comparing the two leaders, voters also had more faith in Sir Keir leading the country, putting him as the best prime minister.
The Labour leader stands on 36 percent, while Mr Johnson is on 32 percent.
Sir Keir is up four points from a fortnight ago, while the Prime Minister is down one point.
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The poll shows the Prime Minister’s approval ratings are beginning to drop significantly.
While Sir Keir’s ratings are very similar to those recorded in a Podium poll a fortnight ago, Mr Johnson’s have dropped since then from -6 percent to -12 percent.
The recent approval ratings is the Prime Minister’s lowest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Opinium poll surveyed 2,002 UK adults from September 23-25.
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Adam Drummond, associate director of Opinium, said: “The Labour Party has finally caught up with its leader in polling.
“While this is the first time since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister that Labour has been ahead of the Conservatives on vote share, Keir Starmer has had better approval ratings (both raw and net) than the Prime Minister for some time and the two leaders have tended to draw on the question of who would be the better prime minister.
“Now the Labour leader has pulled ahead on that measure as well.
“While there is strong public support for the new Covid restrictions announced by the Government earlier this week, they have not yet resulted in the sort of boost to the government’s approval rating that the initial lockdown measures brought in March, suggesting that the ‘rally around the flag’ effect was a one-off.”
It comes after a YouGov poll from September 16-17 showed the two leading parties were neck and neck, after Labour closed the gap on the Tories.
The survey, which quizzed 1,618 UK adults, put both parties on 40 percent of the vote.
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