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Poll: Voters Prefer Keir Starmer’s Speech Over Prime Minister’s Speech

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Voters preferred Keir Starmer’s speech to Prime Minister’s, with the Labor leader seen as ‘more in touch’ with the country’s problems, polls show

  • Opinion poll suggested Keir Starmer’s speech was better received than Prime Minister’s
  • Two-fifths said Boris Johnson came across as someone who came into contact with people’s concerns
  • But nearly two-thirds said Sir Keir came across as someone who was in touch with their concerns
  • The public also believes that Sir Keir appeared more competent than Mr Johnson










Voters preferred Sir Keir Starmer’s conference speech to Boris Johnson’s, with the Labor leader seen as more competent than his counterpart, a new poll shows.

An Opinium poll found that 44 percent of voters believe Mr Johnson came across as touching people’s concerns when he spoke at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester yesterday.

But that number was 60 per cent for Sir Keir after his speech in Brighton last week.

Opinium said that ‘if it were a horse race we would call Keir Starmer’s speech in Brighton the winner’.

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Voters preferred Sir Keir Starmer’s conference speech to Boris Johnson’s, with the Labor leader seen as more competent than his counterpart, a new poll shows

The polling station showed 1,305 people a video of the highlights of Mr Johnson’s speech and then asked a series of questions about how he came across.

About 46 percent said they believed Mr Johnson seemed to care about ordinary people.

But some 68 percent said so of Sir Keir following his speech last Wednesday.

Just over half of the British public – 51 percent – said they generally agreed with what the Prime Minister said. The number for Sir Keir was 63 percent.

About 62 percent of respondents said Sir Keir appeared competent, compared to 49 percent who thought so of Mr Johnson.

More than half of respondents said Sir Keir and Mr Johnson came across as strong, but the former was slightly ahead, 57 percent to 53 percent.

Opinium calculated a total score of 10 for each speech and found that Sir Keir’s came out on top.

Mr Johnson scored 4.7 out of 10, while the Labor leader scored 5.9 out of 10.

The Prime Minister’s score is below what he recorded after his first Tory conference speech as leader in 2019, when he received a 4.4.

Chris Curtis, senior research manager at Opinium, said: ‘The Prime Minister will be pleased that his speech is from Manchester and has received positive reviews from voters, but if it were a horse race we would call Keir Starmer’s speech in Brighton the winner. .

This is partly because Boris Johnson is a much more divisive figure than Keir Starmer, so it’s harder for the Prime Minister to get applause from outside the Conservative crowd.

“But now that the vast majority of Conservatives approve of his speech, Johnson can rest assured that he has satisfied his base for another year.”

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