Three in five (58%) 2019 Conservative voters say Boris Johnson cannot re-gain the public’s trust, according to a snap poll from Savanta ComRes.
Following the resignations of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and more than a dozen others, the poll finds seven in ten UK adults say Boris Johnson is no longer an asset to the Conservative Party (68%) and should resign (72%), up 8 and 10 percentage points respectively in the last month.
As resignations continue today, just 7% of UK adults say the Conservative Party are united and only one in five say Boris Johnson can re-gain the trust of Conservative MPs (22%) or the UK public (19%).
More than half Conservative voters say Boris cannot re-gain the trust of the public (58%) or Conservative voters themselves (54%). Half of those who backed the Prime Minister’s party three years ago now tell us they are unfavourable towards Boris Johnson, up a staggering 14 percentage points since the vote of no confidence in early June (35%).
In his resignation letter, Rishi Sunak told Boris Johnson that their “approaches are fundamentally too different” and UK adults are more likely to say economic policy will now get worse rather than better (28% vs. 18%), as a result of Sunak’s resignation.
Although his popularity has taken a significant hit since the height of the pandemic, the former Chancellor still tops the list for the public’s preference for next Conservative Party leader, with 14% of UK adults saying they would most like to see him replace Boris Johnson. No other candidate has made any significant ground with Jeremy Hunt (6%), Dominic Raab (6%) and Liz Truss (4%) the next most preferred contenders. The most common answer remains ‘don’t know’ (38%).
Emma Levin, Senior Political Consultant at Savanta ComRes said, “With the mood in Westminster seeming to shift in recent days to ‘when’ and ‘how’ rather than ‘if’ Boris Johnson leaves number 10, this poll is very clear that for most of the public the Prime Minister’s time should be up. Very few believe he can re-gain the trust of the public, his party and the voters who gave him such a large majority 3 years ago.
If he does go, there could be many candidates throwing their hat into the ring to become the next leader. And while it will be Conservative MPs and the party’s members who would make the final decision at least in the public’s eyes, there continues to be no obvious replacement.”