Voters back doctors’ strike, latest poll reveals

Mike Underwood | 14 April 2023
Voters back doctors’ strike, latest poll reveals

More than half of voters back junior doctors’ four-day strike action over pay, according to a new poll by Omnisis.

52% of people told the pollsters they supported their choice to strike, with 35% opposing and 13% saying they didn’t know.

About 47,000 junior doctors have joined the four-day strike as they continue to call for a pay rise.

Brian Cooper, Managing Director of Omnisis, said: “So much is made out of the disruption caused by strike action, especially when it comes to life-saving services such as doctors and paramedics.

“So we wanted to find out just what the public thinks. From our survey, it is very clear that, despite the potential for disruption, more than half of respondents back the action.” 

Meanwhile, the Labour Party launched an ad campaign which took aim at Rishi Sunak’s policies on tackling crime. We asked voters for their first opinion on the attack ads.

20% said this type of ad has no place in politics; 17% said the ads were disturbing; 16% thought the ads were effective while 10% said the ads were less likely to make them vote Labour.

9% said the ads made it more likely they’d vote Labour; 8% said they made people think more highly of Labour, while only 7% thought the tone of the ads was appropriate.


In our latest voter intention tracker, Labour’s lead over the Conservatives stretched to 23 points:

  • Lab 48% (+2)
  • Con 25% (-1)
  • LD 9% (-1)
  • SNP 4% (+1)
  • Ref 7% (NC)
  • Green 5% (NC)


Rishi Sunak’s approval rating dropped again this week with a net rating of -5:

  • Approve: 31% (+2)
  • Disapprove: 36% (+1)
  • Don’t know: 32% (+2)


It’s now neck and neck in the nation’s choice as the best Prime Minister:

  • Sir Keir Starmer: 33% (-3)
  • Rishi Sunak: 33% (+5)
  • Don’t Know: 34% (-2)


There was little change to our weekly Brexit sentiment tracker, with ‘rejoin’ continuing to lead:

All respondents

  • Stay Out: 35% (+1)
  • Re-join: 46% (NC)

Excluding don’t knows and will not vote

  • Stay Out: 43 (NC)
  • Re-join: 57% (NC)

This week’s poll which was conducted on 12th-13th April 2023, questioned 1,340 people and is weighted to a national representative population.

The data tables can be found here:


Image Credit: Roger Blackwell from Norwich, UK, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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