Redfield & Wilton Strategies’ latest voting intention poll in Great Britain finds the Conservative Party leading over the Labour Party by 2%, following the two parties’ tie in last week’s poll. Altogether, the full numbers (with the changes from last week in parentheses) are as follows:
Conservative 38% (+1)
Labour 36% (-1)
Liberal Democrat 10% (+1)
Green 6% (–)
Scottish National Party 4% (–)
Reform UK 4% (–)
Plaid Cymru 1% (+1)
Other 1% (-1)
When those who say they do not know how they would vote in a General Election are included, the Conservative Party also leads by 2%. After weighting by likelihood to vote, 12% of the sample say they do not know how they would vote, including 12% of those who voted Conservative in December 2019 and 7% of those who voted Labour.
This week’s sample has 54% of respondents saying they would be ‘certain to vote’ if there were to be a General Election tomorrow. Those who voted Conservative in 2019 (63%) are more likely to say they are ‘certain to vote’ than those who voted for Labour in 2019 (55%).
Healthcare remains the issue respondents consider most likely to determine how they would vote in the next General Election. When asked to select up to three issues which would most determine how they would vote in a General Election, if there were to be one tomorrow, respondents select healthcare (51%), the economy (40%), immigration (33%), the environment (25%), education (25%), and coronavirus restrictions (20%).
If a General Election were to take place in the next six months, 34% of respondents expect the outcome to be a Conservative Party majority (up 1%). 20% expect a Labour Party majority (up 2%), 16% expect a Conservative Party-led minority Government (down 1%), and 7% expect a Labour Party-led minority Government (down 1%). 56% of 2019 Conservative Party voters think the Conservatives would achieve a majority (down 2%), whereas 48% of 2019 Labour voters expect that Labour would win a majority (up 7%).
The Government’s net competency rating is -18% in this week’s poll, decreasing one point since last week. Altogether, 25% find the Government competent (no change), 43% find the Government incompetent (up 1%), and 24% find the Government neither competent nor incompetent (no change).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s net approval rating stands at -10%, a two-point decrease since last week. This week’s poll finds 45% disapproving (up 1%) of his overall job performance, against 35% approving (down 1%).
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak receives a net approval rating of +14%, a figure which has decreased by two points in the past week. 40% say they approve of Rishi Sunak’s job performance (down 1%), while 26% disapprove (up 1%).
Keir Starmer’s net approval rating has decreased by four points in the past week, now standing at -9%. 36% disapprove of Keir Starmer’s job performance (up 3%), while 27% approve (down 1%). Meanwhile, 33% neither approve nor disapprove of Starmer’s job performance (no change).
Between Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer, 41% say they think Boris Johnson would be a better Prime Minister for the United Kingdom at this moment than Keir Starmer, the same result as in last week’s poll. Conversely, 31% think Keir Starmer would be the better Prime Minister when compared to Boris Johnson (down 1%).
More specifically, Boris Johnson continues to lead over Keir Starmer as being the one who best embodies the following descriptions: ‘can build a strong economy’ (42% to 30%), ‘stands up for the interests of the United Kingdom’ (41% to 32%), ‘can tackle the coronavirus pandemic’ (40% to 29%), and ‘can lead the UK out of the coronavirus pandemic’ (39% to 30%).
Keir Starmer leads over Boris Johnson when it comes to best embodying the descriptions of ‘being in good physical and mental health’ (41% to 25%), ‘represents change’ (38% to 31%), ‘can work with foreign leaders’ (38% to 37%), and ‘is willing to work with other parties when possible’ (37% to 30%).
Meanwhile, pluralities of respondents say they do not know which of the two ‘tells the truth’ (46%), ‘is creative’ (43%), or ‘prioritises the environment’ (41%).
Further, 35% say Rishi Sunak (up 1%) and 35% say Boris Johnson (no change) would be the better Prime Minister for the UK at this moment.
Rishi Sunak holds a six-point lead over Keir Starmer for the best Prime Minister at this moment. Between Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak, 40% think Rishi Sunak would be the better Prime Minister for the United Kingdom (up 1%), against 34% who think Keir Starmer would be (up 2%).