Focus Group Calls Starmer “Nothing Man”

Despite bleating hacks claiming that Labour Conference was a triumphant jubilant celebration compared to Sunak’s Manchester depresso-fest, swing voters polled by JL Partners don’t agree. They said that Starmer is “weak”, “drab” and “vanilla” when compared to Sunak, and that Tory Conference was a greater success. The only problem for the Tories – they all said they’d vote Labour…

The Times Radio-commissioned focus group results portray Starmer as a “nothing man” who stands for very little. The problem for Labour’s plan over the next 12 months is to what extent Starmer has to be kept quiet on policy. Tory spinners are hungry for more announcements from the opposition for that reason. Labour’s support may be wide but it isn’t deep…

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Focus Group Voters Have Their Say on Upcoming By-Elections…

Lord Ashcroft has set up focus groups in Somerton, Selby and Uxbridge ahead of Thursday’s by-elections, and the participants certainly haven’t held back. Voters had some harsh words for Rishi Sunak, who was described as a “lame duck”, with another saying he was “just kind of place-holding“. Respondents went even further with their criticisms of the “hot mess” that is the government. The government was also called “dishonest”, “ineffective”, “a circus”, “paralysed” and “a shambles”. And these characterisations all came from Tory voters…

Other responses looked somewhat more positive for the Conservatives’ electoral prospects. Voters had some sympathy for Boris Johnson, who was ousted in a “politically motivated” campaign, as they also often bought up local issues. These including planning and hospitals as crime, the ULEZ and, above all, Sadiq Khan got mentions in Uxbridge. Although Rishi got some flack, voters weren’t exactly enthused by “drab” Sir Keir either. They did think he was better than his predecessor though, as “Donald Duck would be an improvement on Corbyn.” One response stuck out to Guido, as the groups were asked one final question:

“Imagine Keir Starmer and the Labour team go on their summer holidays together. Is there anyone they would accidentally-on-purpose leave behind?”

The answer: “Jonathan Ashworth, because he’s incredibly annoying.”

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LISTEN: Swing Voters Offer Scathing Judgements of “Mr Hindsight”

Times Radio have conducted another focus group, and yet again, it makes unpleasant listening for Sir Keir. The panel of swing voters – including past supporters both parties – were asked their views on a range of issues. Whilst Rishi came off well, Starmer wasn’t so lucky. When asked to grade his leadership, the undecided voters responded: D, D, D, F, U, U ,U.

After the swing voters issued some scathing judgements of “Creep” Starmer, who another compared to an “irritating brother who just nit-picks”, Guido was also pleased to see a favourite nickname of Sir Keir resonate. “He’s known as Mr Hindsight of course”.

Later on, when voters were asked to give a message to Captain Hindsight, the characteristic cropped up again:

“Stop looking at everything in hindsight”.

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Public Support for Suella on Immigration Overrules Twitter

Twitter was sent into a spiral this morning by headline responses from a focus group of swing voters, who were sympathetic towards the Home Secretary’s language on immigration.

Times Radio asked the voters about various issues, from policy to politicians, and the findings were certainly informative. If only to show that Twitter isn’t reality…

Here’s what they had to say when asked about Suella Braverman:

The voters were concerned with the volume of immigration, arguing that although people need to be looked after, Britain was at capacity and there needed to be a limit. One voter also took aim at the “do-gooders” criticising government policy. They then agreed that they trusted the Conservatives over Labour on the issue.

Sir Keir also came off worse for wear. Swing voters described him as “boring” and felt he simply wanted to attack the Tories, rather than setting out his own vision. Amongst the highlights of the groups’ messages to Starmer were to “get the charisma” and to “stop being so slimy”.

This is unfair. In his defence, Keir is more stodgy than slimy…

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Hammond and Rudd Bomb in Tory Focus Group, Boris Still Membership’s Favourite

Fascinating Frank Luntz focus group on the Sunday Politics asking Tory voters their thoughts on potential leadership contenders. Terrible viewing for Hammond (“so boring, so dull, bland”), and bad too for the great Remain hope Amber Rudd (“not leadership material, she’s backroom staff”). Better for Boris (“underneath it he’s very, very intelligent”), though it was the Mogg and David Davis who were most popular. Nobody in the room wanted May to fight the next election…

With over half of ConservativeHome readers wanting Theresa May to go before the next election, on Friday YouGov helpfully released this poll:

Basically Boris wins if he gets in front of the membership according to YouGov. Amber Rudd is likely to be the unity candidate of the continuity-Cameroons and Tory Remainer resistance, with Ruth Davidson campaigning for her fellow Remainer. DD and Boris will split the pro-Leave majority of the parliamentary party so it is, as things stand, going to be a Tory leadership campaign where in the final membership round Rudd likely loses to one of them. Is DD more popular with MPs than Boris?

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LibDem Collapse Explained

Why are the LibDems doing so badly? Their “pitch to the 48%” relied on Remain voters holding firm and looking for a party pledging to reverse the referendum result. Farron’s problem, as this Ipsos Mori focus group of Remainers shows, is that the bulk of Remain voters are not ‘Hard Remainers’. They just want to get on with Brexit…

“I don’t want a second referendum.”

“I think it’s just a waste of time and money and energy.”

“I’d agree. It’s a waste of time and effort and money.”

“You may cause, actually, more division and uproar within the society. It’s done. The majority of us who voted for Remain have accepted it and we just want to get on with it now.”

A strategic error that could have dire consequences for the LibDems on June 8…

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