Unhappy New Year for Boris? Six in 10 Britons want PM ousted

Unhappy New Year for Boris? Six in 10 Britons want PM ousted

December 25, 2021

Unhappy New Year for Boris? Six in 10 Britons want PM ousted after grim run of sleaze allegations, ‘Partygate’ and Covid infighting – with Rishi Sunak seen as best Tory replacement

  • EXC: Poll for MailOnline found 60 per cent support Boris Johnson being ousted
  • PM has endured a grim run of sleaze allegations and Downing Street ‘Partygate’
  • Rishi Sunak appears to be the preferred candidate of Tories and wider voters 

Six in 10 Britons would like to see Boris Johnson ousted after a grim few months for the PM.

A poll for MailOnline found broad support for the Tories getting rid of Mr Johnson as leader – with 25 per cent backing the idea and another 35 per cent saying they felt ‘strongly’ it was the right thing.

In a particularly bad sign for the PM, more than half of Conservative voters from his 2019 landslide want him gone, with 26 per cent strongly in favour.

The research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies suggest that Rishi Sunak would be the preferred replacement in No10.

Some 29 per cent thought he would be better and a further 14 per cent saw him as a ‘significant’ upgrade – superior figures to both Liz Truss and Sajid Javid, two other ministers often touted for the top job. 

A poll for MailOnline found broad support for the Tories getting rid of Mr Johnson as leader

Some 29 per cent thought Rishi Sunak would be better as PM, and a further 14 per cent saw him as a ‘significant’ upgrade – superior figures to Liz Truss

Keir Starmer was seen as an improvement by 48 per cent, while 25 per cent believed he would be worse. 

Asked to pick a new Tory leader from a range of potential candidates, a third of the party’s supporters plumped for the Chancellor. Just 9 per cent chose Ms Truss.

Mr Johnson has endured a miserable run of allegations about sleaze and lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street.

The Tories were routed in the by-election for the previously safe seat of North Shropshire earlier this month, and the PM suffered another major setback when ally Lord Frost dramatically quit slating Covid curbs and high taxes.

Mr Johnson has also been facing pressure to push through new restrictions to combat the surging Omicron variant, which would be deeply unpopular with many of his own MPs and ministers. 

Ramping up restrictions was considered at a tense Cabinet meeting in the week before Christmas.

There was vicious briefing against Ms Truss in the aftermath, with Mr Johnson’s allies complaining her lockdown-sceptic stance received widespread media attention even though she had spoken only briefly during the private discussion.

She is widely regarded by MPs as ‘on manoeuvres’, with Rishi Sunak also accused of positioning in case a vacancy emerges in the top job.  

:: Redfield & Wilton Strategies surveyed 1,500 adults in Great Britain online on December 21. The results were weighted to represent the population. 

In a particularly bad sign for the PM, more than half of Conservative voters from his 2019 landslide want him gone, with 26 per cent strongly in favour

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