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Not a good Daily Mail front page tomorrow for the PM

Not a good Daily Mail front page tomorrow for the PM

Increasingly over the past week or so it has been the Mail that appears to have the most negative coverage of Mr. Johnson. Above is the latest for tomorrow’s paper. Of all the papers the Mail is probably the most significant and this run of bad front pages comes in the final build up to next week’s set of elections. The bodies piled high remark was first widely publicised by the Mail.

Football fans appear markedly more enthusiastic about Boris and Keir than the public at large

Football fans appear markedly more enthusiastic about Boris and Keir than the public at large

One of the reasons why Opinium is my favourite poster is because of the extensive way the firm presents its data and allows you to look at responses to one question and how it affected other responses. Last week’s big news was about the super league leading to Opinium including questions about this in its latest poll including one that tested the sample’s interest in football. So because of the extensiveness of the dataset, we can do comparisons on the…

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Only in the Midlands and Wales do more people think Johnson’s “clean and honest” than corrupt

Only in the Midlands and Wales do more people think Johnson’s “clean and honest” than corrupt

In spite of it all Opinium has the CON lead up 2 to 11% The most striking question in tonight’s Opinium poll for the Observer is the one above testing on how many perceive Johnson to be corrupt following the events of recent weeks. It really says something about things at the moment that such a question is included in a major poll. I am sure that this sort of polling question has been asked before but I cannot recall…

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What YouGov was reporting a year ago today

What YouGov was reporting a year ago today

Putting LAB’s current position into context Thanks to John Rentoul for Tweeting the above poll data from April 3rd 2020. As can be seen the immediate polling reaction to the start of lockdown was to get behind the government and the Prime Minister. You could easily argue that over the past year there has been a CON-LAB swing of nearly 10% but that simply ignores the strange times in which we live. This huge lead tapered off in the following…

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Boris’s Legacy?

Boris’s Legacy?

The government’s vaccination programme has been one of the government’s undoubted successes. The extensive genome sequencing of the virus and its mutations.  The Vaccine Task Force – a team consisting of scientists, NHS staff, a venture capitalist skilled in investing in biomedical companies and others, together with politicians backing them with very significant amounts of public money – which has enabled Britain to invest in the development and production of a range of vaccines. The collective focused efforts of the…

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YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

The above YouGov polling looks at what could be a big political issue in the coming weeks as the lockdown restrictions are eased and Britain prepares to return to “normal life”. The first phase came in on Monday and already there is a buzz about that day in mid My when pubs and restaurants open again. But it is going to be hard for ministers and particularity the PM to avoid some sort of examination of what happened and what…

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Oh dear… ODA…

Oh dear… ODA…

BBC Graphic Charity begins at home According to recent reports Boris Johnson appears to be taking that rather literally. Nevertheless, the sentiment is one that voters share. Voters of all parties suggested the govt was right to cut the foreign aid budget. Foreign aid is an excellent wedge issue for Boris Johnson to divide labour voters from labour politicians. And yet – making sweeping budgetary changes is easier announced than enacted.  The cut from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP may…

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The Boris numbers in these comparisons with Rishi and Keir should be worrying for the Tories

The Boris numbers in these comparisons with Rishi and Keir should be worrying for the Tories

The above YouGov polling came out last week but got overshadowed by the budget and I think they should be highlighted. For in all the comparisons listed Johnson trails behind Sunak and in all but two of them Starmer as well. The competence split where the Chancellor has a huge net lead over the PM is very striking. Just 34% regard the latter as competent compared with 52% who don’t. None of the three come out of the trustworthy question…

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