Is Boris an asset? Do we need new extremism laws? Did the Budget move the dial? My March political poll

  • 14 March, 2024
  • Politics
  • Polling

My latest poll finds that while individual Budget measures were popular, most voters think it leaves them and the country no better off and the Tories’ rating on the economy is down, as is their vote share. Meanwhile – among other things – will Boris Johnson’s return to the campaign trail likely to help Conservatives, would they do better with a new leader, do we need new laws on extremism, how willing are Labour and Lib Dem supporters to vote tactically, and who should play Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer in the movie of their lives?

Boris and Blair: asset or liability?

News that Boris Johnson is set to return to the campaign trail in an effort to shore up the red wall coincided nicely with our question as to whether certain figures would be an asset or a liability on the campaign trail.

Voters as a whole thought Johnson would be a liability to the Tory campaign by 59% to 20% (with 2019 Tories saying the same by the narrower margin of 43% to 37%). Of the Conservatives we asked about, only Penny Mordaunt was considered more of an asset (by 28% to 21%).

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