Johnson surges ahead of Corbyn in new poll

London, Nov 17 (IANS) | Publish Date: 11/17/2019 12:10:14 PM IST

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has extended his lead over opposition Labour Part leader Jeremy Corbyn as he strengthens the ruling Conservatives’ grip on working-class voters ahead of the December 12 general election, a new poll has revealed. This week’s Deltapoll survey for The Mail on Sunday gave the Conservatives a 15-point lead, up from 12 points last week, with the ruling party on 45 per cent and Labour on 30%. Johnson now will need to pick up a string of Labour-held seats in northern working-class areas if he is to return to Downing Street with a healthy majority. The poll suggested that his clear pro-Brexit policy, unlike Corbyn’s contortions on the issue, were winning him support in the Leave-backing areas. A lweek on the campaign train for the Prime Minister has helped his net approval score move back into positive territory, at plus 4 - a thumping 47 points higher than Corbyn.

But if the Labour leader puts in an unexpectedly strong performance during the televised Election debates, starting with his head- to-head showdown with Johnson on ITV on Tuesday night, it could give him a boost. Meanwhile, the revolt by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party candidates - many of whom pulled out of contests rather than risk splitting the Conservative vote in key marginals - has left his party marooned on 6 per cent, according to the poll.

The poll suggested that most voters thought Farage’s political career was nearing its end: a total of 45 per cent said his most successful days were behind him, and just 11 per cent said they were ahead of him.


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