A snap poll suggests Boris Johnson narrowly beat Jeremy Corbyn in tonight’s first televised general election debate.

The YouGov poll suggested 51 per cent of Britons believed Tory leader Mr Johnson won the debate compared to 49 per cent who favoured Labour leader Mr Corbyn.

The first head-to-head debate, which was shown on ITV, touched on Brexit, the NHS, fiscal responsibility and trust.

Those who answered “don’t know” were removed from the result, with YouGov adding the figures are so close as to be within the margin of error.

Chris Curtis, YouGov’s Political research manager, said: “Our snap poll shows that the public is divided on who won the debate, with most Labour voters thinking Jeremy Corbyn won, most Conservative voters thinking Boris Johnson won, and very few people changing their minds.

“But given the Conservatives went into this debate in the lead, they will hope the lack of a knockout blow means they can maintain this until voting day.”

YouGov added that 1,646 people were surveyed for its snap poll.

The pair clashed in front of live audience from an ITV studio in Salford, Manchester.

News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham chaired the debate – and needed to remind both party leaders to stick to their time limits.

Here are some more statistics

 


Who do you think came across as more trustworthy?


40 per cent Boris Johnson, 45 per cent Jeremy Corbyn, 15 per cent Don’t know


Who do you think came across as more in touch with ordinary people?


25 per cent Boris Johnson, 59 per cent Jeremy Corbyn, 16 per cent Don’t know


Who do you think came across as more Prime Ministerial


54 per cent Boris Johnson, 29 per cent Jeremy Corbyn, 17 per cent Don’t know


Thinking now about the debate, do you think it was right to have two leaders taking part or would it have been better with more leaders


60 per cent Right to have two leaders taking part, 30 per cent Would have been better with more leaders, 9 per cent Don’t mind either way, 1 per cent Don’t know

 

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