Trends - Political Leaders

Latest Ipsos public opinion polls showing long-term political trends for the leaders of the main UK political parties.

Ipsos public polling trends on perceptions of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer, and previous Labour and Conservative party leaders. 

Satisfaction with party leaders
Favourability towards political leaders
Political leader image
Who is the most capable Prime Minister?
Is the Opposition leader ready to be Prime Minister?
Like them/like their party
Has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister?

Satisfaction with party leaders

Ipsos charts showing the historic satisfaction ratings for the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition party. Tap the arrows to switch between net satisfaction since the 2010 General Election, and net satisfaction since 1977.

Favourability towards political leaders

Asked as part of our Political Pulse, this shows favourability ratings for the the Conservative and Labour Party leaders since the 2019 General Election.

Political leader image

This series of charts shows key leader image characteristics and whether the public think they apply to the leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties. These include whether the leader is out of touch with ordinary people, and whether they are a capable leader.

Who is the most capable Prime Minister?

Asked regularly as part of our political monitor, this chart shows who the public think is the most capable Prime Minister out of the current Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

Is the Opposition leader ready to be Prime Minister?

Dating back to Tony Blair's time as Leader of the Opposition, this shows whether the public agree or disagree that the Leader of the Opposition is ready to be the next Prime Minister.

Like them/like their party?

A chart from Ipsos's Political Monitor polls, displaying the relationship between how much the public say they like the Prime Minister/ Leader of the Opposition, and their respective political party.

On balance, do you agree or disagree ... has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister?

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