Sir Keir Starmer won the hearts of voters at the Red Wall, a new poll shows, while a majority doubt Boris Johnson will become Prime Minister this time next year.
The Deltapoll poll of the 57 constituencies the Tories won in the 2019 general election, most of which could be considered part of the Red Wall, found that 38% of voters agreed that Sir Keir would be the best prime minister, while 33% supported Mr. Johnson.
The poll for the Mail on Sunday (MoS) also put Labor at the top when it came to voting intent in those seats (49% versus 33%).
Meanwhile, it suggested that Labor was five points ahead of the nation (40% versus 35%).
The newspaper said if the results were repeated in a general election it could cost Conservatives more than 100 seats.
That would be enough to get Sir Keir a seat on Downing Street, the MoS said, but he lacks a clear majority.
Voters in the seats won by the Tories also preferred Sir Keir and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves for their top team (40%) over Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak (33%).
When asked if Mr Johnson is generally fine, 34% agreed while 62% disagreed – giving the Prime Minister a net rating of minus 28.
Sir Keir also received a negative score, but slightly higher at minus 6.
The picture was even worse for the Prime Minister when voters on the 57 seats were asked about the pandemic. Only 32% thought he was fine with Covid, while 62% disagreed.
Meanwhile, only 16% believed Mr Johnson had followed the rules compared to 72% who didn’t.
A majority (65%) said the prime minister should resign if it is found he has broken the law because of Covid’s restrictions.
On the flip side, Mr Sunak turned out to be more popular with these voters when it came to his pandemic performance – 45% agreed he had done well, compared with 40% who disagreed.
Looking ahead to next year, only 24% of voters in the Tory-won seats thought Mr Johnson would still be in the top spot. A majority (58%) thought he would be replaced.
And nearly three in four (74%) said they didn’t trust the prime minister to tell the truth.
The MoS said Deltapoll decreased its number from 57 constituencies based on the 58 from the Tories’ other parties in 2019, minus the seat of former spokesman John Bercow, who stepped down.
In a letter on MoS, a Tory MP who received his Labor seat in the 2019 election said some first-time Conservative voters were beginning to have doubts about the party.
Ashfield MP Lee Anderson said government achievements have been marred by “the huge cost of living rises over time caused by higher energy bills, which are far more important to my constituents than the platitudes about the” green Agenda “to be disseminated ‘by the wealthy elite who flew to the Cop26 summit in private planes”.
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