Dec 12, 2021 09:23 UTC
  • Support for UK PM sinking, majority say he should resign: Poll

Support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ruling Conservative Party has slumped following a slew of scandals, with a majority of voters saying he should now resign, according to a new poll.

In recent weeks, Johnson has come under criticism on a number of fronts, with the most damaging one being a report which showed a party was held at Downing Street during a 2020 Christmas lockdown when such festivities were banned.

A video emerged this week which showed staff laughing and joking about it. The footage has prompted anger from MPs, NHS bosses and those who lost loved ones during the pandemic.

The premier and his aides have repeatedly denied that the event reportedly held in December last year, broke COVID rules or took place at all.

Johnson was also attacked over the funding of the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

The new poll shows support for the Conservatives, who have held solid leads in surveys since winning a landslide victory in a 2019 election, had dropped four points to 32%.

In the meantime, backing for the opposition Labour Party increased to 41%, its biggest lead since 2014, according to the Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper published on Saturday.

Johnson's personal ratings plummeted to an all-time low, with his approval rating at -35%, down 14 points from two weeks ago.

The latest poll also showed that 57% of voters believed the premier should resign, up from 48% two weeks ago.

"The findings of our latest poll are certainly dramatic, with a devastating fall in both support for the Conservatives and approval for the prime minister," said Adam Drummond, Head of Political Polling at Opinium.

He also said that Johnson was the "king of comebacks" who had recovered from difficult polling situations before.

"However, unless the Conservatives can turn these numbers around quickly, backbenchers might start asking if the party is over for the prime minister," he said.

Johnson's leadership was also criticized by some Conservative lawmakers, according to political commentators. It is expected that next week dozens will vote against his plan for new measures to fight the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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