Poll shows Johnson and Corbyn are neck and neck

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Party leaders level after crucial television debate ahead of the UK’s general election

Boris Johnson, left, and Jeremy Corbyn are seen on a screen as journalists watch their debate in the ‘Spin Room’ on November 19 2019. Picture: ITV/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS/AMY BRAMMELL

The YouGov/Sky News poll of 1,600 people gave Johnson the narrowest victory, with 51% saying he won the ITV debate, against 49% saying Corbyn performed best. While Corbyn fared better than expected this time, his party remains stuck behind the Conservatives in the polls. It was only one debate, and more are planned, including another head-to-head between the two leaders on December 6.

Corbyn received applause and landed verbal punches on Johnson, 55, who struggled to win over an audience that laughed and groaned as he tried to steer the topic back to Brexit. There were other awkward moments for the Tory leader. Some audience members laughed when Johnson said he believed trust was important in politics.


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