Almost 60% of the British public want Theresa May to resign as Prime Minister before the next General Election. 52% of Conservative voters also want her gone from office before the end of her leadership term.
The Evening Standard ran an Ipsos MORI survey and the findings are cause for concern for the under pressure Prime Minister. This coming the day before the Conservative party conference, in which questions will be asked on a range of topics, most notably the Brexit strategy.
May’s troubles continued today after the war of words with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson continued. He called her Chequers plan “a moral and intellectual humiliation for this country”.
Ipsos MORI found that the proportion of Tories who say they like Mrs May has fallen to 64 per cent, down from 76 per cent last September and from 88 per cent in September 2016. Over the same period, the proportion who “dislike” her has risen from just eight to 31 per cent.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who will likely be involved heavily in any succession contest, said he would probably not vote for either Boris Johnson, nor Jacob Rees-Mogg, another front-runner.
Davis said the most likely successor will be a “clever youngster” who has not yet got to the front of the pack. “I can think of four,” he continued, declining to name them.
Ipsos MORI interviewed 1,070 adults across GB by phone from September 14 to 18. Data are weighted. Details at www.ipsos-mori.