Boris’s personal ratings dive to MINUS 39 in poll – similar to Corbyn’s before his 2019 election rout – amid public fury over Partygate… while Rishi rides high
Boris Johnson‘s personal rating have dived again as he struggles to cling on amid the Partygate scandal.
The PM was viewed unfavourably by 61 per cent of Britons in the latest research by Ipsos Mori – up six points in a week.
Just 22 per cent had a positive view of Mr Johnson, giving him a net score of minus 39. That is comparable to Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the 2019 election, when Labour slumped to an historic defeat.
Keir Starmer has seen his ratings improve, but they are still in negative territory at minus 14.
Worryingly for Mr Johnson the only senior figure in positive territory overall was Rishi Sunak – seen as his most likely successor.
The poll, conducted over last weekend, also found 57 per cent believe Mr Johnson is a bad PM, an increase of six points.
Boris Johnson’s net score of minus 39 in an Ipsos Mori poll is comparable to Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the 2019 election, when Labour slumped to an historic defeat
Mr Johnson has been struggling to hold on amid a stream of ‘Partygate’ allegations
Worryingly for Mr Johnson the only senior figure in positive territory overall was Rishi Sunak – seen as his most likely successor
Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said the PM’s net score is ‘comparable to Jeremy Corbyn’s low point during the last campaign’.
‘Ratings of the Conservative party itself are not quite as negative but are also on a slow but steady downward trend since last spring, which should be another concern for the Government and its MPs.
‘Among other leading politicians, Rishi Sunak has fallen from his honeymoon period but still receives the best scores among the public at large as well as from his party’s own voters, while Keir Starmer also sees some improvement but still has some way to go to convince the public he is a genuine Prime Minister in waiting.’
Yesterday a survey by JL Partners for Channel 4 News – conducted in 45 seats in the North and Midlands that were won from Labour in 2019 – suggested the Tories were 11 points behind.
That would be a huge turnaround from the nine-point advantage they had at the last election.
A YouGov poll also put Labour 32 points ahead of the Tories in London, raising the prospect of many MPs losing their seats.
At the general election the Conservatives were only 16 points adrift in the capital.
As the Partygate row blazed on today despite MPs backing off an attempt to oust Mr Johnson, a senior Tory warned the PM’s allies might be ‘blackmailing’ would-be rebels and urged them to call in the police.
William Wragg, chair of the Commons Public Administration Committee, said he had been told of ‘pressures and intimidation’ being used on politicians.
In an excoriating attack at the start of an evidence session, Mr Wragg suggested members of the government might have breached the ministerial code by threatening to pull investment from constituencies if people send in letters of no confidence.
‘Additionally reports to me and others of members of staff at No10 Downing Street, special advisers, government ministers and others encouraging the publication of stories in the press seeking to embarrass those they suspect of lacking confidence in the PM is similarly unacceptable,’ Mr Wragg said.
‘The intimidation of an MP is a serious matter. Moreover the reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail.
‘As such it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.’
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Wragg – who has been heavily critical of Mr Johnson and previously called for him to quit – had highlighted ‘grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail, and misuse of public money’ that ‘must be investigated thoroughly’.
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in the Commons chamber that he was not aware of any details, but his ‘general observation’ was that government members were not ‘above the criminal law’ and attempting to ‘intimidate’ an MP would be a contempt of Parliament.
A No 10 spokesman said: ‘We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations.
‘If there is any evidence to support these claims we would look at it very carefully.’
Heavy tactics by government whips are notorious at Westminster, and there have been a number of allegations during the latest crisis. Mr Wakeford was claimed to have been pushed ‘over the edge’ when he was hauled in and threatened with having the boundaries of his seat redrawn if he went against the PM.
William Wragg, chair of the Commons Public Administration Committee, said he had been told of ‘pressures and intimidation’ being used on politicians