Boris Johnson’s poll has plummeted in the wake of Dominic Cummings’ attack – as Keir Starmer warned that the Tory Civil War is endangering June 21’s “ Freedom Day. ”
The Conservative advantage has more than halved in a fortnight as the bitter feud between the prime minister and his former chief adviser escalated.
Opinium research puts party support at 42 percent, two points lower, and Labor five points higher at 36 percent.
Mr. Johnson’s net personal approval score has also dropped from plus six to minus six.
The grim findings emerged when Sir Keir intensified his attack on the government, accusing ministers of being too busy ‘covering their own backs’ to fight the Indian coronavirus strain.
Following Mr Cummings’ explosive evidence to MPs about ‘failures’ in the pandemic response, Sir Keir said that’ mistakes are being repeated ‘as the government considers whether the roadmap can proceed as planned.
A poll found that the Conservative advantage more than halved in a fortnight as the bitter feud between the prime minister and his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings escalated.
Mr. Johnson’s net personal approval score (photo on Friday) has also dropped from plus six to minus six
“Weak, slow border policy decisions allowed the Indian variant to take hold,” he said.
Lack of support for self-isolation and confused local guidance could not comprehend.
“We all want to unlock on June 21, but the biggest threat to that is government incompetence.”
Sir Keir wrote in The Observer that Mr. Johnson’s reluctance to impose a second lockdown in the fall of last year spelled “avoidable and unforgivable” deaths in the second wave of the virus.
‘During the first wave, we faced an unprecedented crisis. Decision-making was undoubtedly difficult. Mistakes were inevitable. And the British public understands that.
‘But by the summer we knew a lot more about the virus.
The prime minister was warned to prepare for a second wave. He did not. And more than twice as many people died in the second wave than in the first. ‘
Mr Cummings, the prime minister’s former adviser, told MPs on Wednesday that ‘tens of thousands’ had died needlessly as a result of the government’s handling of the pandemic and accused Health Minister Matt Hancock of lying about testing for nursing home residents have been released from hospital – a claim he declined.
Sir Keir said the situation in care homes had been a ‘betrayal’ and added, ‘We may never know if Boris Johnson said Covid’ only killed 80-year-olds’ when he delayed a second lockdown.
“What we do know is that the man charged with keeping them safe showed heartless disdain for our elders, as he overlooked the incompetence of his health secretary.”
Sir Keir’s net approval score was minus nine in the Opinium poll, the same as a fortnight ago.
And while only one-fifth of those polled said they trusted Mr. Cummings to tell the truth, it appears that many of the specific claims made to MPs during his seven-hour testimony were believed.
About 66 percent said they believed the government had pursued a herd immunity strategy at the start of the pandemic, and 20 percent said they did not.
The poll showed that 60 percent found it plausible. Johnson thought the coronavirus was a ‘scare story’ and called it ‘the new swine flu’.
Mr Cummings, the prime minister’s former adviser, told MPs on Wednesday that ‘tens of thousands’ had died needlessly as a result of the government’s handling of the pandemic.
About 56 percent were convinced that Mr. Johnson was going on vacation in February 2020 without paying attention to the erupting crisis.
And a majority – 52 percent to 34 percent – thought Mr. Johnson was distracted by his personal life and couldn’t focus on the decisions that needed to be made.
About 49 percent valued disputed allegations that Matt Hancock lied about whether people would be tested before being released from hospital to care homes, and 28 percent said it was incorrect.
In a disturbing sign to the health secretary, 44 percent suggested he should resign as health secretary, compared with 30 percent who wanted him to stay.
Adam Drummond, Opinium’s head of political opinion polls, said: “ While Dominic Cummings is seen as one of the least trustworthy men in Britain, the public sees some truth in the allegations he has made against Boris Johnson’s government, saying the conservatives after Hartlepool pierces. bounce and reverse a recent spike in the prime minister’s approval rating.
However, there are strong reasons to believe that this will not last, as the underlying approval numbers for vaccine rollout, which has boosted voting intent since early 2021, remain unchanged and remain very strong.
:: Opinium Research surveyed 2,004 UK adults online May 27-28. The results are weighted to represent the broader population.
Matt Hancock (pictured) was also targeted when Mr Cummings rained fire on the government during his commission appearance last week.