A majority of Brits want Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister, two new polls have found.
According to the Savanta ComRes poll, conducted today, December 8, 54 per cent of UK adults want Johnson to stand down as PM. Only 30 per cent say he should not resign.
A separate poll from Opinium found 53 per cent of adults think Johnson should resign, where 28 per cent say he should not, over the revelations that a party was reportedly held at No 10 Downing Street last Christmas, while London was in lockdown.
The Savanta survey also found one-third of Conservative party voters think Johnson should resign.
Seventy-six per cent of British adults think Johnson should apologise, while 83 per cent say the government has let the public down, including 77 per cent of Tory voters. Only 13 per cent of adults say the government has not let the country down.
The poll also says three in ten (29 per cent) are less likely to follow Covid-19 rules as a result of the revelations. This could have huge consequences given the government is reportedly about to trigger plan B, which would include working from home and vaccine passports for mass events. Fifty-four per cent say they are just as likely to follow the rules.
Savanta ComRes polled 1,036 UK adults on December 8. Opinium polled 1,116 UK adults the same day.
The polls will come as alarming news to the government, which is still insisting that no party took place – though it has now asked Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, to investigate whether a party did in fact take place.
The Scottish National party has said Johnson should resign or be removed from office. Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, says Johnson should go if it is found that there was a party.
Sources told the Mirror, the BBC, and more outlets that there was a party on December 18 last year, when social gatherings were illegal. There was reportedly cheese and wine, party games, and a round of Secret Santa. On Tuesday night, a video emerged of Downing Street officials joking about a party in a mock press conference a few days after it is alleged to have taken place.
At the time of the party, London was in tier three, meaning indoor gatherings of two or more people were against the law unless “reasonably necessary” for work. The BBC has reported that “several dozen” were present at the party.
The day after the party, Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for the country. A few days later he took the country in to a fresh lockdown which lasted months.
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