‘PEOPLE WANT MAY TO REMAIN AS PM’
Backing for leader... until Brexit
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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