Keir in trouble? How Labour leader’s speech pushed polls DOWN

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The Labour Party’s conference ended this week following a debut in-person address from Sir Keir Starmer. While he has appeared at the all-important gathering before, Covid made distancing necessary. He noticeably moved crowds following his performance, and while it provided a morale boost for some, data shows it didn’t quite spread to the general public.

Polling from earlier this week found the general public’s view of Labour has not changed much since Sir Keir took to the stage.

YouGov – an organisation co-founded by Conservative education minister Nadhim Zahawi – has found Labour is struggling to match Tory support.

In a poll commissioned by The Times for September 28 to 29, the Tories remain ahead of their rivals.

Of the 1,833 people surveyed, 39 percent (467) said they favour them over Labour.

The latest position is unchanged from the last poll.

Nearly 100 people fewer said they would vote for Sir Keir, 385 (31 percent) overall.

Their vote share has dropped by one percent from 32 percent during the last survey.

The Liberal Democrats also lost support, two percent in total, putting them on eight percent, one point behind the Greens.

The results aren’t encouraging for Sir Keir, who received significant pushback from some conference attendees this week.

But, overall, the general public thought better of him than they did of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn and current PM Mr Johnson.

A separate poll conducted by Opinium for Sky News found the speech helped people see him in a positive light.

Overall, 63 percent of 1,330 people shown a video of his speech agreed with what he had to say, compared to Mr Johnson’s 41 percent in 2019 and Mr Corbyn’s 34 percent in 2015.

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A further 57 percent thought he came across as “strong”, and 62 percent said he seemed competent.

On one of the most vital considerations for a Labour leader – how much he appeals to ordinary people – he performed best.

A significant 68 percent of people said it appeared he cared about ordinary people, and another 60 percent said they felt he seemed in touch with people’s concerns.

Overall, Opinium gave him a speech score of 5.9.

In comparison, Mr Johnson scored abysmally considering his speech in 2019.

Most – 45 percent in total – believed he didn’t care about ordinary people, while just 37 percent thought he did care.

A majority also thought he came across as being out of touch with people’s concerns.

He scored the lowest of the three speeches polled with 4.4, while Mr Corbyn got 5.1.

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