Prime Minister preference in the United Kingdom in 2020

As of June 12, 2020, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition, both had 33 percent of people in Great Britain preferring them for Prime Minister. Although Johnson has managed to regain a one-point lead on his rival in a more recent poll, in the middle of April 2020, Johnson was the preferred Prime Minister of 46 percent of British people, compared with just 22 percent for Starmer.

A mishandled crisis?

Johnson’s fall in the polls is also reflected in the overall general election polls, with Starmer’s Labour Party closing in to within eight points of Johnson’s Conservative party in June 2020, compared with 20 points in January. The government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic since then has drawn widespread criticism, with the United Kingdom on course to be one of the worst-affected countries in the world.

Johnson remains popular on social media

In terms of their social media profiles, Keir Starmer may struggle to reach Johnson anytime soon, with Boris Johnson having almost 1.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook, compared with Starmer’s 98 thousand. While Starmer has more followers on Twitter, at over 866 thousand followers, Johnson has over 2.8 million, indicating Starmer has a long way to go on both platforms when it comes to catching Johnson.

Which of the following do you think would make the best Prime Minister?

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

June 26-28, 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

GB Adults

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Count and survey date is for the most recent survey. Previous counts and dates are as follows;
May 29-30, 2020 (1,650)
May 18-19, 2020 (1,718)
April 16-17, 2020 (2,105)

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