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Boris Johnson's approval ratings nosedive according to new opinion polls

Mike McCartney

26th July 2021

A couple of stories from the papers are likely to heap pressure on the PM

I posted an entry recently about how the adoption of presidential style leaderships by UK premiers carry both upsides and downsides.

This is how the post concluded:

"This is not the space to speculate about what the future holds in terms of infection rates and hospitalisations, but after promising so much, and trying to take credit when things go well (and then benefiting from high approval ratings), the downside is that if new lockdown restrictions are imposed at some future date, it is very likely that the voting public will lay the blame solely at the door of one person, and the PM will be under severe pressure not just from the public, but his fellow Cabinet members, and his wider party"

You can see the entry here:

On Saturday the i carried a cover story revealing that the vaccine bounce Johnson had benefited from had disappeared. As the byline said, "The Prime Minister is seen as dishonest, inconsistent and disorganised by a majority of voters." Ouch! See the full story here:

Further bad news came after the weekend with a poll of voting intentions in the Times. As the Indy online reports:

"Boris Johnson’s poll lead has fallen sharply in the wake of last weekend’s fiasco over whether he should be exempt from self-isolation requirements.

A new survey by YouGov by for The Times saw the Conservative Party lead fall by a statistically significant six points, to 38 per cent of the vote."

Read further here:

With the 'pingdemic chaos' predicted to last for a few more weeks, the PM has his work cut out to either sort it out, or deflect the public gaze towards something else. Otherwise, voter approval is inevitably going to continue to trend downwards.

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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