Following Starmer’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference and a difficult week for the Tories, the Labour vote share has dropped

Following Starmer’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference and a difficult week for the Tories, the Labour vote share has dropped

By increasing their advantage over Labour, the Conservatives suggest that Sir Keir Starmer's speech failed to resonate with voters.

With no change in the polls after an eventful week that saw Labour Party delegates meet in Brighton and an HGV crisis continue to engulf the country, the Tories now have 39% (-1%) of the vote share versus Labour's 35% (-2%).

After the Labour Conference, Starmer's approval ratings have not improved significantly, and they now stand at -5 (32% approve, 37% dislike), up from a net rating of -6 before the conference (30 per cent approve, 36 per cent disapprove).

Two-fifths (39%) believe he has the country's best interests at heart, but only 28% believe he has the makings of a prime minister.

More over two-thirds (69%) of people believe the government hasn't done enough to address the lack of HGV drivers, including more than half (52%) of Conservative supporters in 2019.

Furthermore, 63% think the scarcity of HGV drivers has had a direct impact on them, while only 13% say it has had a significant impact.

Not being able to buy what they want in stores or supermarkets (27 percent) or get fuel from a gas station has had the greatest impact (24 per cent).

In the 2019 Conservative electorate, 67% of voters blame the current government for the issue.

For the most part, people attribute the current issue to either Brexit (34%), the pandemic (also 16%), or both (23%).

Overall, 40% believe things will get better in the coming weeks, while 29% believe they will become worse.

Almost half of the population now believes Brexit is having a negative influence on the UK economy, according to a recent poll (including 26 per cent of Leave voters).

One in four people (26 percent) also believe that it has harmed their own finances (although only 12 per cent of Leave voters think this).

55% believe Brexit will have a negative impact on retail prices and, as a result, on incomes and wages (32 per cent bad impact, 18 per cent good impact).

Brexit has gone badly for three out of five people (59%) while going well for another third of people (32%).

According to Opinium's Head of Political Polling, Adam Drummond, Keir Starmer had a successful conference address and the government had another awful week of headlines.

There is still a slight Conservative lead and disapproval for Starmer's leadership, according to early data after the conference, with the majority of fieldwork taking place shortly after Wednesday's speech by Prime Minister David Cameron.

"This is despite the fact that voters have blamed the government for handling the crisis poorly and have also blamed the government's centrepiece Brexit agenda for contributing to it. Despite its weaknesses, Labour appears to have yet to show that it would be a better government than the current one.

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