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Majority of voters in Wales want Boris Johnson to quit

06 Mar 2022 3 minute read
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People in Wales want Boris Johnson to quit as Prime Minister following investigations into lockdown breaches, according to a new poll.

The new YouGov poll, commissioned by ITV Wales and Cardiff University, has found that 58% want him to resign 28% want him to remain in office and the rest are uncertain.

The war in Ukraine does not appear to have bolstered support for Mr Johnson, however the vote divides strongly on party lines, with 88% of those wanting him to quit Labour supporters compared to just 10% who vote Conservative.

The study also reveals that 54% of those polled say they trust he Welsh Government compared to just 27% for the UK Government and 67% of respondents said they had little or no confidence in Mr Johnson’s administration.

The gap in the trust between the two administrations has been increasing for some time with the Welsh Government seen as more trustworthy overall.

The poll also suggests that overall voting intentions in Wales have not changed significantly since the December poll, with Labour holding a 15-point lead over the Conservatives.

If this were to be replicated at a Westminster election, the majority of the seats won by the Conservatives in the 2019 general election would be wiped out, although the next election is due to be fought on new boundaries, with Welsh seats reduced from 40 to 32.

When asked whether Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister, or remain in his role:

58% said he should resign

28% said he should remain

14% said they didn’t know

Should resign, by party support:

  • Conservatives 10%
  • Labour 88%
  • Plaid Cymru 79%

Westminster voting intentions:

  • Labour 41% (No change)
  • Conservatives 26% (No change)
  • Plaid Cymru 13% (No change)
  • Other 13%

‘Incredibly concerning’

Commenting on the poll to ITV news, Dr Jac Larner, from Cardiff University’s Welsh Governance Centre, 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.

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.”


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Erisian
Erisian
6 months ago

I suppose seppuku is just too much to ask?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

No doubt if he were to do it it would be the Great.British. Honourable.Way.Out.
A locked room; a brandy; a pistol with one shot. Boris of course would climb out the window, shin down the drainpipe and run away from responsibility faster than he did all his extra marital girlfriends

Grayham Jones
6 months ago

Stop all incomers voting in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and no more second homes in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and 500 percent taxes on all second homes in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Ex Plaid member
Ex Plaid member
6 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Why does this comment make the Stuart Lee’s video about the Polish, Indian’s, Huguenots and Bell Beaker folk come to mind?

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago

Dunno. Never heard it. But he’s brilliant so it was probably good. Yet he’s also English so it’s probably factually incorrect

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

On point 1 Grayham, there may be some incomers who want to help us achieve independence and would like to live in peace in a Westminster/Tory free zone and on points 2 & 3, YOU ARE SPOT ON!

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
6 months ago

Bonking Bozo, the utterly corrupt amoral arch-liar and coward: in the name of God, just go!

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Mick Tems

Or even in the name of something real. The key part is the just going bit

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

The sad part of the poll is, that only 10% of Tory’s want him gone. He lies daily in the commons, is under pressure from the US and EU to do more against Russia regarding sanctioning, and his handling of covid was inept, and he broke covid laws. The corruption alone would have seen a resignation 30 years ago, but still they stick with him. How low has the Tory party sunk in recent years Thatcher era ministers want rid of him, as do former Tory PM ‘s This says a lot about Tory voters in Cymru.

defaid
defaid
6 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

He’s neither leaving nor doing more against Russia. I’m convinced he derives an income from services rendered to the Kremlin.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago
Reply to  defaid

He has cut funding to a committee investigating Russian election and Brexit interference and Russian money connected to it. A MP has said their hands are now tied trying to discover what went/is going on.

Richard 1
Richard 1
6 months ago

but STILL no appetite for an electoral pact to get a parliamentary mandate for proportional representation and consign the tories to perpetual opposition ?

Julie Jones
Julie Jones
6 months ago

Like the politicians they elect, Conservative voters are an egocentric, sanctimonious bunch.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
6 months ago

Please stay Boris! Not here, of course………………….

defaid
defaid
6 months ago

Me too.

And the rest of his criminal gang with him.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

It took a pandemic for voters to realise Boris Johnson is a fraud, liar and corrupt to his core. Sadly the same will now pay dearly for enabling Brexit. But there is time to repair that damage done by championing devolution, by making Wales and our Senedd Cymru a powerhouse democracy free from Whitehall corruption and adverse influence. And yes the war in Ukraine has saved clown Boris skin for now. But don’t rest on your laurels too soon BoJo, as it will be your judgement day shortly. He and the Conservatives have hidden behind Covid. Danced the night away… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Y Cymro
Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago

It’s frustrating that it’s not 100% want him to quit. Or 80% when you discount the 20% of English in our population who would be around 75% EngNat Tories

Last edited 6 months ago by Cynan
Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
6 months ago

What really shocks me is how many people still support this lazy, corrupt, lying, incompetent, selfish, uncaring, arrogant moral vacuum.

Sorry, but I am fed up mincing my words when it comes to Johnson.

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