Further proof that Johnson’s going to pull out of another Tory leadership contest?
I’m a fan of approval ratings as they are a very good pointers to general elections, as Mrs May’s alarming collapse in the closing stages of the 2017 general election confirmed. So this morning’s debut poll by DeltaPoll caught my eye for this very reason.
For many Tories Boris Johnson is the man to win the Tories a majority in 2022 against Corbyn but if his ratings are on a par with Corbyn then his appeal will wane further. My view is that this polling is reflection of Johnson’s role in Brexit and his tenure as Foreign Secretary where his blundering gave succour to Putin.
If you take away Boris Johnson’s electoral appeal what exactly does he offer apart from buffoonery with the occasional classical history reference?
Over half believe Labour are anti-Semitic to at least some extent, with over a third believing this is true of Jeremy Corbyn personally. Our new poll for The Observer. pic.twitter.com/81Jey2mQiX
— Joe Twyman (@JoeTwyman) April 8, 2018
When Theresa May and Philip Hammond have substantially better ratings than Boris Johnson then Tory MPs and activists will look elsewhere especially Corbyn is now personally getting tainted with anti-Semitism as seen in the tweet above. Do they really want someone who has equivalent ratings to Corbyn?
In 2016 Boris Johnson declined to run for the Tory leadership after seeing his popularity take a hit then I suspect he’ll decline to run again when Mrs May is replaced if his ratings maintain this trajectory, bet accordingly.
You can view the full entrails of the DeltaPoll here.