Boris Johnson sets out levelling up agenda in speech
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According to Conservative Home, Boris Johnson’s approval ratings have remained low among the Tory party over the last few months, particularly in comparison to figures like Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. But a higher percentage of the British public is satisfied with his efforts as Prime Minister, an Express.co.uk survey suggests. In a poll of 18,021 people, held from October 7 to 12, 51 percent of voters said that Boris Johnson is doing a good job at leading the country, while 47 percent said he was not.
One Express reader said: “Boris is too nice a guy, he is a leader and visionary and prepared to do what is necessary, which other leaders have failed to do. He is not good on detail, but picks a good team and supports them” (username Geedward).
Another wrote: “He is doing the best he can in a volatile period of our history” (username Bru62).
Though voters in support of Boris led by a three percent majority, those who claimed the Prime Minister is not doing a good job were keen to share their point of view in the comments section.
One reader went so far as to say Boris is the “worst PM in British History” (username nimetadil) – a comment that was liked by more than 100 other Express readers.
However, dozens argued that politicians like Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Theresa May were worse Prime Ministers than Mr Johnson.
Another voter opinion, that received 133 likes, read: “The only reason Boris is popular is that the other lot are unelectable.
“Banning gas boilers, petrol/diesel cars, increasing National Insurance isn’t a vote winner” (username CHiPs).
Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer has been criticised for a lack of charisma, and although he has been moving the Labour party towards a “centre-left” politics, it appears that most Tory voters still see him as “unelectable”.
When asked who could do a better job than Mr Johnson, 39 percent of Express voters said “no one” while a huge 61 percent thought another politician would exceed him.
Liz Truss was the favourite candidate, as 15 percent of people said she would make a better Prime Minister, 13 percent thought Jacob Rees-Mogg would, and 10 percent vouched for Rishi Sunak.
Voter Ted Soudan remarked: “Jacob Rees Mogg is intelligent, is not flustered and has a firm grasp of all subjects with coherent statements.
“Boris has no grasp of subject minutiae and speaks in a bumbling tone and is regarded as both untrustworthy and unable to make decisions.”
The Conservative Home league tables show that Mr Johnson had a net satisfaction rate of 13.2 among his Tory peers in September, which was the sixth-lowest score of all 31 Cabinet members.
In comparison, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, has managed to stay in the number one spot as favourite member of the Cabinet for the past four months and has continuously achieved a satisfaction score between 82.8 and 89.8.
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Though Mr Johnson has received an overwhelming amount of criticism during his first two years in office, particularly for his handling of the Covid pandemic, his leadership appears to remain strong.
After the Conservative Conference held last week, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said: “It would have been tricky to find anyone leaving Manchester thinking that the Tories’ showman [Boris Johnson] will lose [the next general election].”
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