BMG’s latest poll for the Independent reveals that there is little support for Theresa May continuing as Prime Minister beyond 2022.

Conducted between the 7 and 11 August, the poll finds that almost half of the public (48%) believe the Prime Minister should quit before the next election, scheduled in 2022, with less than a third (29%) saying that she should remain in the top job for the whole of the next parliament.

The poll also finds that whilst Jeremy Corbyn now has a higher net satisfaction than May (Corbyn +2%; May -13%), as well as a one percentage point lead in terms of who the public would prefer to see as Prime Minister (Corbyn 33%; May 32%), the Conservatives do retain a small vote intention lead of three percentage points, with Labour on 39% and the Conservatives on 42%.

Although May now trails Corbyn when examining leadership and popularity metrics, there does not appear to be overwhelming public support for any of her potential successors.

When asked which Conservative politician would make the best Prime Minister should Theresa May step down, Boris Johnson, the current Foreign Secretary, is the most popular choice on 16%, followed by Ruth Davidson and Jacob Rees Mogg on 6%, and Phillip Hammond and David Davis on 5%. Notably, close to three in five people said either don’t know (28%) or none of the above (28%).

An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.

Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.


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Ciairan McGlone – Graduate Research Executive

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