Half (51%) say they are not surprised at the allegations Dominic Raab bullied civil servants, while three in ten (29%) say they are surprised, according to polling from Savanta.
Six in ten (61%) say it is likely he bullied civil servants, including a quarter (25%) who say it is very likely. Only one in five (20%) say it is unlikely Dominic Raab bullied civil servants. Half (50%) of Conservative voters say it is likely Raab bullied civil servants, while a quarter (27%) say it is not likely and slightly less (23%) say they don’t know.
As an inquiry, led by Adam Tolley KC, is on-going to “establish the specific facts”, there is a divide in public opinion on what Dominic Raab should do in the meantime. Four in ten (39%) say Dominic Raab should resign before it is complete, while a similar proportion (39%) say he should not resign until conclusions are drawn.
Over four in five (83%) say it is important to investigate allegations of bullying in Westminster, with both Conservative (86%) and Labour (91%) voters both showing a strong opinion that it is important.
While voters from both sides of the aisle show a strong opinion on the importance of the inquiry, there is a clear divide in public opinion on Rishi Sunak’s response to the allegations. Just over a third (37%) say they are satisfied with the PM’s response so far, while a similar proportion (37%) say they are dissatisfied. Just less than half (46%) of Conservative voters say they are satisfied, while a quarter (25%) say they are not satisfied with Sunak’s response.
If Dominic Raab is found to have bullied civil servants, half (52%) say it is likely Rishi Sunak will fire Dominic Raab as Deputy PM, while a third (35%) say it is unlikely. If the allegations are found to be true, the response from Sunak and Raab will be closely watched. Seven in ten (70%) say Dominic Raab should resign if found to have bullied civil servants, while significantly less (16%) say he should not resign. The majority of Conservative voters (71%) and Labour voters (81%) say Raab should resign if he has bullied staff.
Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta said, “With the news that five further complaints of bullying have been made against the former Justice Secretary, it leaves Dominic Raab and the Prime Minister in an increasingly difficult position.”
“Some of Sunak’s cabinet appointments have drawn criticism which, in a bid to break free of the sleaze allegations that dogged the Johnson administration, may end up doing more harm than Sunak would have ever intended.”