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Voters preferred Keir Starmer’s conference speech to Boris Johnson’s speech, poll showed – UK Politics live | politics


Good Morning. Boris Johnson’s conference address was warmly received at the Conservative Conference yesterday, but speeches don’t always age well and doubts about them have been solidified ever since. Even some of the right sheets have expressed reservations.

And last night opinion polls released suggesting Sir Keir Starmer’s conference speech made a better impression. Here are the main charts.



The results of our quick poll on Johnson’s speech.

The verdict – positive, if not as positive as Starmer’s.

% who think he came across like this:
Strong – 53%
Competent – 49%
Takes care of normal people – 46%
In touch with people’s concerns – 44%
Interesting – 40% pic.twitter.com/LMfrjOtn2r

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On all metrics (apart from “interesting”), Johnson’s speech fared worse than Starmer’s speech last week.

Notably, 55% say they agree with Johnson (compared to 63% for Starmer).

41% disagreed with his statement (compared to 29% for Starmer). pic.twitter.com/hy8cODfdFy

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One of the reasons for this is that Johnson is a more divisive political figure.

But his speech still did a good job of keeping his electoral coalition happy.

80% of Conservative voters in 2019 say they agree with what he had to say, only 16% disagree. pic.twitter.com/bUriNPzwdb

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Surveys are always to be taken with caution, and these numbers are especially cautious as respondents who commissioned the survey have only seen excerpts from the speeches, according to Sky News. Almost no one watches party conference speeches fully, and their impact is determined by what people read or hear about them in the media, and that is still unfolding.

Still, Johnson was finally beaten in this regard by the man he called “the human weathervane, the Starmer chameleon”.

For a good recap of how the newspapers covered the speech, read the recap in Politico’s London Playbook, which is particularly thorough.

Parliament is still on recess and it looks like it will be a quiet day in Westminster. Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng speaks at an energy conference, Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s leading Brexit negotiator, is speaking on the Northern Ireland Protocol and ministers are expected to announce an amendment to the red list for Covid travel this afternoon.

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