Boris Johnson would destroy Labour opinion poll lead if he were leader
Boris Johnson would demolish Labour’s opinion poll lead if he replaced David Cameron as Conservative leader, an opinion poll found today.
With Mr Cameron in charge, the Tories trail by six points, winning 31 per cent backing compared with 37 per cent for Labour, according to research by YouGov.
However, the figures turned around when people were asked to imagine how they would vote if the London Mayor was Conservative leader. Asked to choose between Mr Johnson and Ed Miliband, the two parties were level-pegging on 37 per cent each.
The findings, for the London Evening Standard, underline the Mayor’s ability to reach out to wavering voters.
They also suggest his bruising encounter on Sunday with the BBC’s Eddie Mair, who called him a “nasty piece of work” could have even boosted his popularity. When the same question was asked a week ago, the result was a two-point Labour lead, at 38 to 36.
YouGov found that the “Boris effect” was strongest among younger voters and also discovered that he would attract one third of supporters of the UK Independence Party back to the Conservatives.
Mr Johnson this week gave his clearest signal of his ambitions to become Tory leader when he said he would “have a crack“ at the job “if the ball came loose from the back of a scrum”.
Several Conservative MPs are rumoured to be ready to give up their seats for him in 2015 to enable him to be in parliament after the election and in a place to mount a leadership bid.
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party is the right choice for you
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
US gameshow gives woman in wheelchair incredibly awkward prize
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...