Sky Data Poll: Immediate Theresa May exit would be bad for Brexit negotiations, Britons say

8 October 2017, 05:14

Britons think it would be bad for Brexit talks if Theresa May resigned as Prime Minister, an exclusive Sky Data poll reveals.

Some 42% of the public thinks an immediate resignation from the embattled Conservative leader would be bad for Brexit negotiations, compared with just 18% who think it would be good.

Thirty-three percent say it would make no difference, while 8% said they did not know.

Mrs May has faced increasing pressure from some Tory MPs to step down, following a snap general election in which the party lost its majority in Parliament, and a party conference speech widely deemed as catastrophic.

However, voters are split on when, if at all, the Prime Minister should leave her post.

A third of voters think she should resign immediately (35%); another third think she should not go before the next general election (36%).

A further 6% believe Mrs May should not resign immediately, but should go before the official scheduled date for Brexit in March 2019.

Meanwhile, some 14% think she should go after Brexit but before the next general election.

Were she to resign, there is little enthusiasm for any of the politicians most likely to succeed her.

Boris Johnson is the public's favourite, with 23% saying they would most prefer him of the top five bookies' favourites to succeed Mrs May if forced to choose.

The Foreign Secretary polled ahead of Home Secretary Amber Rudd (12%), Chancellor Philip Hammond (11%), Brexit Secretary David Davis (8%), and backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (5%).

Some 41% answered 'don't know', suggesting none of Mrs May's potential successors have truly caught the public's imagination yet.

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,230 Sky customers on 6-7 October 2017. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.

For full Sky Data tables, please click here.

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