Rishi Sunak dubbed 'bad PM' by 68% in poll - but Sir Keir Starmer doubted by almost half

29 May 2024, 18:08 | Updated: 29 May 2024, 21:13

Rishi Sunak has been "a bad prime minister" since he took office two years ago, according to exclusive polling for Sky News.

The Great Britain poll - conducted on Monday and Tuesday this week by YouGov - put the Conservative Party 27 points behind Labour as the general election nears.

The survey also showed discontent with the Conservative leader.

But Sir Keir Starmer didn't fare much better, according to the statistics, with 47% saying he would be "a bad prime minister" if he won the vote on 4 July.

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In another blow for Mr Sunak, though, 19% of people who voted Conservative in 2019 said they would instead back Reform this time round, while 14% would go for Labour.

The polling also found 42% of the public felt worse off than they did six months ago, despite the prime minister and his team repeatedly saying the economy had "turned a corner".

Only 14% of those asked said they felt better off.

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Speaking in a Q&A; earlier today, Mr Sunak said he was "not worried about the polls" after a stream of bad-looking numbers for the Tories.

"The only poll that matters is the one on 4 July, when all of you get to choose our future - that's the one I am focused on," he said.

"And as you can see, I hope, I am working my socks off to talk to as many people as I can over the next five weeks."