‘PEO­PLE WANT MAY TO RE­MAIN AS PM’

Back­ing for leader... un­til Brexit

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - DAVID WILCOCK Press As­so­ci­a­tion news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A LMOST half of adults be­lieve Theresa May should re­main as Prime Min­is­ter at least un­til Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union, a new poll sug­gests.

A sur­vey for the Sun­day Mir­ror and Sun­day Ex­press found 47% of peo­ple want Mrs May to carry on un­til Brexit is due to hap­pen in March – in­clud­ing 75% of Con­ser­va­tive vot­ers.

A third (33%) of those polled by ComRes be­lieve she should quit be­fore Brexit.

How­ever, there was a more even split when the poll asked if she should carry on “for the fore­see­able fu­ture”, with 38% say­ing she should and 41% say­ing she should not.

There was bad news for some of her pos­si­ble chal­lengers, how­ever, with just 8% of vot­ers want­ing En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove to take over if Mrs May steps down.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt fared lit­tle bet­ter on 10%, with high pro­file Brex­i­teer Ja­cob Rees-Mogg on 17%.

Boris John­son was backed by 21% of those polled – but he was also the most ac­tively op­posed, with 61% against his ap­point­ment. Just 19% were “don’t knows”, the low­est of all four.

The sur­vey of 2,000 adults car­ried out on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day at the height of a chaotic week in pol­i­tics saw the Con­ser­va­tives drop three points to 36%, while Labour re­mained on 40%, com­pared to a Sun­day Ex­press poll in Sep­tem­ber.

But there was less good news for Labour, with the sur­vey find­ing only 25% of peo­ple want the Prime Min­is­ter to call an im­me­di­ate gen­eral elec­tion.

It also found a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum would be a close call, with Re­main beat­ing Leave by 45% to 43%, with 10% of peo­ple say­ing they had “had enough of Brexit and wouldn’t vote”.

This was de­spite 53% of those polled say­ing there should not be a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

A poll has found that nearly half of peo­ple be­lieve Theresa May should Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union

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