Boris Johnson ‘most trustworthy’ leadership hopeful

Boris Johnson ‘most trustworthy’ leadership hopeful, study finds

Over 25 per cent of those polled said they would like a Conservative-Brexit Party coalition

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Boris Johnson is the “most trustworthy” candidate in the Conservative leadership race, according to a study.

The former foreign secretary was also voted to be the leadership hopeful most likely to reunite the Conservative Party. 

The study, which asked 2,083 people, found over one in 10 (13 per cent) voted for Mr Johnson as "most likely to reunite the Conservative Party", followed by Jacob Rees-Mogg in second. 

It also showed that there was significant support for a coalition between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party, despite Mr Johnson ruling out the option.

Almost one in three (28 per cent) would like Mr Johnson as Prime Minister, with the Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as deputy.

Mr Johnson told fellow Conservative MPs on Tuesday: “We need to realise the depth of the problems we face - unless we get on and do this thing (Brexit), we will be punished for a very long time," he said.

"There is a very real choice between getting Brexit done and the potential extinction of this great party - but I believe I can take on Farage and win back the voters being won over by him."

One in five also thought that Mr Johnson was most likely to win a general election against Jeremy Corbyn.

Though the study, conducted by OnePoll, found that Mr Farage is the politician most Britons would like to see managing the Brexit process, with 15 per cent of the vote. 

Mr Johnson was in second place with nine per cent of those polled choosing him. 

Mark Hodson, Head of Research at OnePoll, said: “With Boris odds-on to succeed Theresa May when she resigns and Nigel performing well in the polls the likely outcome would be some sort of coalition with two Brexiteer leaders at the helm.

“Johnson-Farage look set to be the new Cameron-Clegg."

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