New research by Ipsos MORI shows mixed opinions surrounding the investigation into the alleged parties at Downing Street and other government departments during various coronavirus restrictions.
Looking forward to the findings of the investigation, 4 in 10 Britons (42%) say they are confident that the results will be “independent”, however, just over half (53%) are not. Perhaps unsurprisingly, confidence is highest among those who voted for the Conservative party in 2019 (54%) while 6 in 10 (60%) Labour party voters are sceptical.
Half of Britons (51%) are confident that the findings of the enquiry will be “thorough”. Again, this is higher among Conservative voters (64%). Just under half (45%) of Britons, however, say they do not have much confidence in how thorough the investigation will be.
Six in 10 (58%) do not expect the investigation to lead to disciplinary action against any individuals found to have broken coronavirus restrictions, whilst just over a third (36%) are more confident that this will be the case. Even among Conservative supporters, half (52%) are not confident that those found to be involved in any parties will face appropriate consequences.
Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said:
“We have already seen the impact that the stories about lockdown parties have had on public views towards Boris Johnson and the Conservatives, but what do the public think about the upcoming report itself? People are more confident that it will be thorough than it will lead to disciplinary action, but views are split – so doubts among the public towards the Prime Minister may well remain even after the report appears.”