Most people in Wales want Boris Johnson to quit as Prime Minister according to poll

The majority of people in Wales think Boris Johnson should resign as Prime Minister, a new poll has found.

A YouGov poll, commissioned by ITV Wales and Cardiff University, shows that people in Wales think it is time Boris Johnson steps down as leader of the country.

The Prime Minister has faced scathing criticism in recent months after finding himself at the centre of a police investigation into alleged lockdown breaches in Downing street.

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The Met Police is currently investigating 12 parties at Downing Street, with the Prime Minister himself among those being questioned.

The poll found that with 58% of respondents wanted him to quit as Prime Minister, 28% wanted him to remain and the rest not sure.

But only 10% of Conservative supporters within the poll wanted Mr Johnson to quit – with those supporting opposition parties, unsurprisingly wanting him out. Of those respondents, 88% of Labour supporters thought he should resign as did 79% of Plaid supporters.

A survey of WalesOnline readers last week found a similar result, with 55% of those who took the survey believing Boris Johnson should resign. You can read the full results of the WalesOnline survey here.

The YouGov poll for ITV and Cardiff University also showed a marked difference in support for the Welsh and UK Governments, with the former gaining far more support than the latter.

Approval for the UK Government as a whole in Wales dipped to 27%, with 67% saying they have little confidence in Boris Johnson’s administration.

This compares with 54% saying they trust the Welsh Government, with the rest disagreeing or taking no view.

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Turning to voting intentions, Labour has a 15 point lead over the Conservatives. If that were to be replicated at a Westminster election it would see the Conservatives lose the bulk of the seats they won during the 2019 UK general election.

However, it’s worth remembering the next election is due to be fought on new boundaries – with Welsh seats being reduced from 40 to 32.

Dr Jac Larner, from Cardiff University’s Welsh Governance Centre, told ITV News that the poll findings suggests the so-called ‘Boris bounce’ has ended.

Dr Larner said: “Despite little to no substantive change in vote intention figures, there are two points of note from this latest poll.

“First, the ‘Boris bounce’ that the Conservatives have enjoyed in Wales under Johnson has ended. Conservative polling numbers for the last two polls now closely resemble their position at the tail end of Theresa May’s premiership.

“The Downing Street party scandals, combined with the perception that the Conservatives have not done a good job at responding to the pandemic, has lost the party the support it had gained in Wales since the 2016 EU Referendum.

“Second, Labour’s poll numbers are the highest they have had in two consecutive polls since the latter half of 2018 in Wales. While the regularity and normalcy of Labour leading Welsh polls means that this will likely be met with a shrug, a party in its 23rd year of incumbency maintaining such a substantial lead is remarkable.”

On the subject of a majority wanting Boris Johnson to quit, Dr Larner added: “These will be incredibly concerning numbers for the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party in Wales.

“With most of the Welsh public now in favour of Johnson resigning, combined with their poor polling performance, the Conservatives face a tough choice over whether Johnson should remain in office.

“While he remains popular among current Conservative supporters they should be more concerned about previous Conservative supporters they have lost in the last 24 months.

“A quarter of 2019 Conservative voters think that the Prime Minister should resign. Current evidence suggests the Prime Minister is no longer the electoral asset he once was.”

YouGov polled a representative sample of 1,086 Welsh voters, aged 16+, between 25th of February and 1st March for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University.

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