The slow, steady fall of confidence in Johnson’s handling of the Coronavirus continues

29 Jun

Boris Johnson’s monthly scores for handling the Coronavirus well have come in respectively at 92 per cent, 84 per cent, 72 per cent and now 64 per cent.

The Government’s rating as a whole has been 92 per cent, 82 per cent, 71 per cent and this month 60 per cent.

And Rishi Sunak’s has been 92 per cent, 91 per cent, 87 per cent..and now a bob back up to 89 per cent.

So we have a collective picture of our panel’s view shadowing that of the wider public’s – with a slow, steady fall in the Prime Minister and the Government’s standing.

That said, the rating will find a floor sooner or later, and the question is whether the disapproval of roughly a third of the panel represents it.

Johnson slightly outscores the Government as a whole…

…And Sunak is still in the business of spending money: the test of his score would be spending cuts and tax hikes.

We wonder to what degree any dissatisfaction with other matters, such as Downing Street’s handling of public order, has affected the findings, if at all.

And if frustrations with lockdown, whatever respondents may say or think about it, have eaten their way into the survey panel ratings.

Our survey. By a wafer-thin margin, a plurality of our Party member panel says that Jenrick should resign

28 Jun

As far as we know, no Conservative MP has called for Robert Jenrick to quit.  And he has no gang of internal, ideological foes waiting to pounce.  Furthermore, the signal from Downing Street has been that Boris Johnson does not want to hand his media foes and others a scalp.

So we are surprised by this finding, which shows that, admittedly by a margin of only a point, our panel of Party members believes that he should go.  (At the best part of 20 per cent, the don’t knows are high.)

Whether because they believe he should walk because he’s acted wrongly, or simply think that the planning controversy in which he’s become embroiled is bad for the Government isn’t clear.

Interestingly, while a plurality concludes that he should resign it don’t also find that Boris Johnson should dismiss him.  By 45 per cent to 32 per cent, they conclude that the Prime Minister shouldn’t.  Though that 32 per cent is roughly a third of respondents.

Rightly or wrongly, we read the panel as saying:  “Jenrick should quit, but if he won’t the Prime Minister shouldn’t have to go through all the bother of sacking him.”