According to a new survey by Opinium, now only 39% back the Government’s response, down from 48% a week ago. Those who said they disapproved has risen from 36% to 42%. Adam Drummond, head of political polling, said this is the first time disapproval of the Government’s handling of the public health crisis has outweighed approved. He told the Daily Mail: “’In part, this was likely inevitable as the relatively simple and almost unanimous decision to lockdown has given way to much more contestable decisions about how and when to open up.
“We have gone from a very simple and clearly understood message to a more nuanced situation with more confused messaging and a sense that the Government don’t have as firm a grip on the situation as voters would like.”
The Prime Minister has also faced pressure from Labour leader Keir Starmer over how it has dealt with the disease in care homes.
More than a third (35%) said they approved of Labour’s response.
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Published at Sun, 17 May 2020 06:19:00 +0000