More than three-quarters say prime minister should apologise
More than half of voters believe ボリス・ジョンソン should resign as prime minister over allegations of a lockdown-breaking Christmas party at 10 ダウニング街, according to two separate polls conducted as the PM announced an inquiry into the claims.
And in worrying results for the prime minister, one in three of those who voted Conservative at the last general election in 2019 said he should stand down.
いくつか 54 per cent of voters – そして 33 トーリー支持者のパーセント – taking part in a Savanta ComRes snap poll said the PM should quit, 一緒に 53 per cent in an Opinium survey, 含む 35 per cent of Tory voters.
いくつか 63 per cent of those in the Opinium poll said Mr Johnson was not telling the truth about what happened, だけに対して 12 per cent who thought he was. Sixty-four per cent believe that the alleged 18 December party in No 10 開催されました, while only nine per cent continue to believe it did not.
More than three-quarters of those taking part in the Savanta poll said the PM should apologise for the party (76 パーセント). The figure was up 13 points since a similar question at the weekend and included more than two-thirds of Conservative voters (67 パーセント).
いくつか 79 per cent said the PM’s former press secretary アレグラ・ストラットン should resign after being filmed laughing about the incident.
そして – on the day when Mr Johnson is thought likely to introduce tougher rules on crowded venues and new guidance to work from home – スリーイン 10 (29 パーセント) said they were less likely to follow government Covid restrictions as a result of the scandal.
Answering questions in the House of Commons today, Mr Johnson apologised for any offence caused by a video of No 10 staff discussing an alleged party and the impression it might have given that they did not take Covid restrictions seriously.
But he offered no apology for the gathering itself and declined to say whether he believed that it took place or not, telling MPs only that he had been assured it did not and had asked cabinet secretary Simon Case to establish the truth.
Respondents to the Savanta ComRes poll were asked whether the PM should resign “now”, rather than depending on the outcome of the Case inquiry.
ザ・ 54 per cent figure was higher than the 50 per cent who said he should quit over claims that he had said he was ready to see “bodies pile high” to avoid another lockdown.
いくつか 83 per cent said that the public and those who had lost loved ones to Covid had been let down.
Savanta ComRes political research director Chris Hopkins said: “As the prime minister continues to refuse to acknowledge the party or admit that there was a breach of Covid guidelines, it’s clear from this poll that the public are taking a dim view of the scandal, with an overwhelming majority saying that the government have let the public, the NHS and, 決定的に, those who have lost loved ones to Covid, ダウン.
"しかしながら, while many believe the PM and his former press secretary should apologise for their role in the story, far fewer feel he should resign and, interestingly, a sizable proportion of around two in five said that a fictional person, put into the poll as a control, should resign for their, ultimately non-existent, role in the story.
“While the PM may have to add forgiveness to his Christmas wish list, he may still have time to do enough to avoid being on Santa’s naughty list this year – but it does seem to feel as though the PM’s rope is shortening after each governmental mishap.”
Elsewhere in the poll, the vast majority (72 パーセント) say that the Metropolitan Police should investigate any wrongdoing or illegal activity in reference to the alleged party.
• Savanta ComRes interviewed 1,036 UK adults on 8 12月 2021.
Opinium carried out an online survey of 1,116 adults on 7 そして 8 12月.