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Warnings from senior politicians highlight not only Rishi Sunak’s declining favorability in recent opinion polls but also the growing public dislike for Sir Keir Starmer.

YouGov surveys reveal that, after a year as Prime Minister, Sunak’s net favorability has hit an all-time low of -49, largely attributed to challenges with the Rwanda migration Bill.

While speculation about Sunak’s future in Downing Street is fueled by difficulties managing dissent from the Right of the Tory party, George Osborne, speaking on his Political Currency podcast, emphasizes Starmer’s falling poll ratings.

Despite being in better standing than Sunak, Osborne expresses astonishment at Sir Keir’s low rating of -22%, considering his aspirations to win an election. Comparing historical figures, he notes that Tony Blair and David Cameron had significantly higher favorability ratings a year before their respective elections.

Osborne highlights the diminishing trend in Starmer’s numbers, a matter that might be gaining less attention but is closely monitored in Downing Street. Podcast co-host Ed Balls adds that Starmer’s lagging numbers behind Labour’s recent years reflect the challenge of changing the party and a general lack of excitement about politics in Britain.

Balls also attributes the loss of support to Starmer’s stance on Israel following a terrorist attack and his directive for opposition MPs to vote against a ceasefire motion in Parliament. Despite Labour holding a net favorability rating of -14 compared to the Conservatives’ -53, the figures raise concerns for the former director of public prosecutions.

The podcast hosts suggest that the trend in numbers could pose a significant challenge for Labour in the run-up to general elections, emphasizing the importance of the leader’s standing in influencing party support.

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