Boris Johnson is twice as popular as Jeremy Corbyn among UK voters, the latest YouGov polls show – even in Labour’s traditional heartlands.
The Prime Minister, who was mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, came ahead of the Islington North MP in every region including the capital (30 per cent versus 24), the South (45 per cent vs 15 per cent), the Midlands and Wales (41 per cent versus 16 per cent) the North (38 per cent versus 21 per cent) and Scotland (31 per cent versus 28 per cent).
However ‘Not Sure’ was more popular than both candidates in every region except the South, YouGov found.
The Conservatives remained the most popular party, taking a 31 per cent vote share, while the Lib Dems were nipping at Labour’s heels. Some 21 per cent of respondents now favour Jo Swinson’s Remain-campaigning party- just one percentage point behind Labour.
There was a slight uptick in the number of people who named Brexit as the most important issue facing the country, to 68 per cent of respondents, and a marginal increase in the number of people who think the government is doing a good job in negotiations, to 12 per cent.
However, YouGov pointed out this “simply reflects a preference for Boris Johnson as Prime Minister given no further negotiations have taken place since the new PM took over”.
The proportion of people who think the UK was wrong to leave the EU continues to be slightly higher than those who think we were right to do so, at 47 per cent vs 41 per cent respectively.