Boris Johnson loses out to Keir Starmer in shock new conference speech poll

Boris Johnson sets out levelling up agenda in speech

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Boris Johnson delivered his keynote speech this afternoon to an audience in Manchester at the Conservative party conference, after a fortnight of party conferences. In his 45-minute speech, Mr Johnson branded his “levelling up” project “the greatest project that any government can embark on”.

He said the UK has one of the most “imbalanced societies and lop-sided economies” when compared to other richer countries, and said the Conservative Party’s mission “is to promote opportunity with every tool we have”.

He said: “The idea, in a nutshell, is you will find talent, genius, care, imagination and enthusiasm everywhere in this country, all of them evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.”

He promised to tackle the “long-term structural weakness” of the British economy.

But it appears listeners weren’t all that impressed – at least when compared to the speech made by Sir Keir Starmer just last week at the Labour Party conference.

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An opinion poll from Opinium for Sky News showed 1,305 voters key sections of Boris Johnson’s speech today.

It found more voters agreed with the Prime Minister than disagreed, and more felt he was strong, caring and competent than not.

But, his scores were less favourable than those for his opposition Sir Keir’s speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton last week.

After watching Mr Johnson’s speech, 51 percent said they agreed with what he had to say against 41 percent who did not.

Some 53 percent said the Prime Minister came across as strong, while 30 percent said he came across as weak.

In comparison, on most measures, the Labour leader managed to score higher than Mr Johnson.

Of those polled 63 percent saying they agreed with what he had to say, and 57 percent said he came across as strong.

According to the results, 62 percent thought Sir Keir came across as competent, whereas 68 percent caring and 60 percent thought the Labour boss was in touch.

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More people found Sir Keir’s speech interesting, with 41 percent saying that about his speech.

However, positive poll results for the Labour leader come in stark opposition to national polls, which currently put the Prime Minister ahead of his opposition.

The Tories are currently three points ahead of Labour’s 36 percent on 39 percent, with the Liberal Democrats holding nine percent and the Greens polling at six percent.

Mr Johnson’s success in the polls has been credited to the so-called “vaccine bounce” which has allowed for the reopening of Britain amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But it’s likely the UK will face considerable economic uncertainty as we head in to winter, with shortages of all kinds now apparent in the UK following the pandemic and Brexit, and Mr Johnson’s favourability with voters is likely to change.

In the wake of Rishi Sunak’s announcement that National Insurance will be hiked – breaking a key 2019 manifesto pledge – it’s likely some voters will begin to sway as the crunch of Christmas sets in.

Even some Tory-leaning, Brexit-voting economic commentators are beginning to rumble that this isn’t the party or agenda they signed up for.

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