- Rishi Sunak’s favourability rating is down from 81.5 per cent to 81.1 per cent – in other words, by so infinitesimal a margin as to make no difference. In other polls, his soaring rating would be driven by the subsidies that the Treasury is paying out. In this one, his resistance to lockdowns will be a significant contributor to his popularity.
- Boris Johnson was marginally in negative territory last month (-10 per cent) and marginally in positive terroritory this month (13 per cent). We can think of no reason why, given the panel’s decision to mark him down, the late September finding should have been in the red and the October one in the black (or vice-versa had it been case).
- Matt Hancock slides a bit further into the minus ratings, Gavin Williamson a bit back towards the plus ones. Liz Truss is up a little and Priti Patel by more, having had a sticky summer over the channel crossings. All in all, it’s much of a muchness – with Douglas Ross down by about 25 points, now that his Party Conference coverage has faded.
- These ratings were taken at the end of last week, before the Prime Minister’s emergency press conference on Saturday. We suspect that it would have lowered his rating and that of the Cabinet; you may disagree; perhaps we will hold a snap survey later this week to find out…
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