Trouble for Keir Starmer as Boris ‘smashing’ Labour leader ‘on most fronts’ in new poll

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Former MEP Patrick O’Flynn retweeted a poll on what the public think of the Prime Minister and the Labour Party leader. The survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies put Mr Johnson ahead of Sir Keir in a number of categories including being a strong leader, bringing British people together and tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr O’Flynn warned the poll was “very bad news” for Labour.

He tweeted: “Johnson absolutely smashing Starmer on most fronts, including building a strong economy, standing up for the UK and even on tackling Covid.

“Very bad news for Lab.”

The poll of 2,000 adults on January 25 asked who out of Mr Johnson and Sir Keir best embodies the following characteristics.

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On being a strong leader, 38 percent said the Prime Minister, with 33 percent opting for the Labour leader and 30 percent unsure.

Thirty-nine percent backed Mr Johnson on bringing British people together, compared to 34 percent who said Sir Keir. Some 27 percent did not know.

And 38 percent chose the Prime Minister in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-six percent opted for the Labour leader and 36 percent were unsure.

Mr Johnson beat Sir Keir on building a strong economy by 44 percent to 29 percent, while 27 percent did not know.

A decisive 46 percent of respondents thought the Prime Minister stands up for the interests of the UK compared to 30 percent who said the Labour leader. Twenty-four percent did not know.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson was ahead of Sir Keir on understanding the problems affecting the UK by 39 percent to 32 percent. Some 28 percent were unsure.

In what could be a nod to the Prime Minister’s “getting Brexit done” slogan, 40 percent said he knows how to get things done.

Thirty-one percent backed Sir Keir in the category, while 29 percent did not know.

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The Prime Minister was also ahead of the Labour leader in having the better foreign policy strategy by 35 percent to 25 percent, with 40 percent unsure.

And Mr Johnson was deemed better at working with foreign leaders by 44 percent to 34 percent. Some 22 percent did not know.

But Sir Keir did come top in several of the categories, including being willing to work with other parties when possible by 38 percent to 34 percent. Twenty-eight percent did not know.

Some 41 percent said the Labour leader was in good physical and mental health, compared to 29 percent who opted for the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson battled coronavirus in intensive care last year but has since lost weight after admitting he was “too fat”.

On representing change, the Labour leader came one point ahead of the Prime Minister with 37 percent. Twenty-seven percent did not know.

And respondents thought Sir Keir was more truthful by 30 percent to 26 percent, with 44 percent unsure.

Some 34 percent said the Labour leader cares about people like me, compared to 30 percent who picked Mr Johnson. Thirty-five percent did not know.

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