Britons still prefer Sir Keir Starmer over Boris Johnson for Prime Minister, even after his ‘Beergate’ controversy, a poll suggests.
According to YouGov, 41% of the public think of Starmer as ‘principled’, preforming better than Johnson as only 14% see him the same way.
On April 30, 2021 – when COVID rules banned household mixing indoors, apart from working – the Labour party leader was spotted through the window of Durham Miners Hall, with his fellow campaigners drinking and eating curry.
The footage was filmed by Ivo Delingpole, the student son of the Breitbart writer James Delingpole. Subsequently the video was passed on to the anti-lockdown activist Laurence Fox who made it go viral and was ended up being dubbed ‘beergate’ – similar to the PMs ‘partygate’ where Boris Johnson, Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak were among those fined a fixed penalty notice for breaking lockdown.
Since then the 59-year-old has said he will resign should he be issued with his own fixed penalty notice as Durham Police is now investigating.
Starmer’s Still More Popular
Even with this controversy looming Starmer still seems more popular than the PM as he performs most favourably in the poll.
Only 23% of Brits see Starmer as unprincipled, where as 65% think the same of Johnson. ven among 2019 Conservative voters, only 32% see the prime minister as a man of principle, with 45% saying the opposite. Indeed, these Tory voters are more likely to think Johnson is unprincipled than Starmer (37%).
And if the Tories were hoping this alleged scandal would make him fall out of favour with the public they may be in for a show as public opinion of Starmer has improved in some areas since mid-April.
The Labour leader still tends to be seen as competent (40%) rather than incompetent (32%), with the former up five points from 35% and the latter unchanged.
These figures also put him well ahead of the Prime Minister, with only 25% of the public seeing Johnson as competent compared to 63% who say he is competent. Ouch.