UK: The popularity of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in free fall


The popularity of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the ruling Conservative Party is in free fall after a series of scandals and the majority of citizens believe that he should resign, according to a poll published yesterday Saturday.

Mr Johnson has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks over the cost of renovating his Downing Street apartment, about allegedly intervening to remove pets during the chaotic withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan in August. , above all after the revelations about the 2020 Christmas party on Downing Street – when such events were strictly forbidden – especially after a video came to light in which the Prime Minister’s associates laughed and joked about it.

According to a poll conducted by the Opinium Institute on behalf of The Observer, the Conservatives, who previously had a clear lead in almost all polls after their sweeping 2019 election victory, fell four percentage points to 32%. while the percentage of Labor, the official opposition, increased to 41%. The Labor lead is the largest recorded since 2014.

Mr Johnson’s popularity also fell to its lowest level since the election, at -35%, down 14 points from a previous poll two weeks ago.

According to the poll, 57% of voters believe they should resign, up from 48% two weeks ago.

Dissatisfaction with Mr. Johnson is growing, even among the Tories, according to commentators. Within a week, dozens of lawmakers from his party are expected to vote against his plan to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus.

“The findings of our latest poll are certainly dramatic, with a huge drop in the Conservatives’ popularity and positive views on the prime minister,” said Adam Drummond, head of the political research division at the Opinium Institute.

He pointed out that Mr. Johnson has repeatedly overturned the negative image in the polls, he is “king” in this regard. But in the event that the Conservative leadership “can not overturn these numbers quickly,” part of the party may “begin to wonder if the celebration for the prime minister is over,” he added.  

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