BRITONS DIVIDED OVER BORIS’ EU MOTIVES
DAVID CAMERON & BORIS JOHNSON
- Following Boris Johnson's announcement that he will campaign for Brexit, the British public are split over whether they trust David Cameron (35%) or Johnson (34%) more than the other to do what is best for Britain.
- Public opinion is divided on Boris Johnson’s motive; two in five (41%) say he made the decision because he believes it is best for Britain, while a similar proportion (39%) say he made this decision because he thinks it is the best thing for his career.
- Conservative voters are twice as likely to say they trust David Cameron more than Boris Johnson to do what is best for Britain (54% say they trust Cameron more v 27% who trust Johnson more).
THE UK & THE EU
- Britons are far more likely to expect the majority of voters in the UK to vote to stay in the EU at the referendum in June (48% v 30% who expect the majority to vote leave).
- While more Britons say that national security would be stronger if Britain stays in the EU (42% v 35% if Britain leaves), they are more likely to say that the best way Britain can deal with the refugee crisis is to leave the EU (46% v 33% who say the best way to deal with it is to stay in).
- Britons are more than twice as likely to oppose Turkey’s accession to the EU than support (50% v 18%).
GEORGE OSBORNE & THE ECONOMY
- Having been in the role for more than five years, Britons are more likely to say that George Osborne has done a bad job as Chancellor than good (41% v 31%).
- There is more bad news for the Chancellor ahead of the budget next week, with a majority of the public saying the British economy is no better off now than it was this time last year (51% v 31% saying it is better off), and a majority also saying their personal financial situation is no better off now than it was this time last year (66% v 26% who say they are better off).
- However, positively for the Chancellor, and perhaps reflecting current opinions of the Labour party, British adults remain more likely to trust the Conservatives on the economy than Labour. Around half (45%) say they trust David Cameron and George Osborne more than Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to run the country’s economy, compared to three in ten (29%) who say the same of the Labour pair.
- Following the resignations at EDF last week, and amid concerns that an agreement on Chinese investment on Hinckley Point C is yet to have been confirmed, the public are evenly split on the state of nuclear power in the UK (37% say more nuclear power stations should be built v 36% who say no new stations should be built).
- Conservative voters are more likely than Labour voters to say that more nuclear power stations should be built in the UK (51% Con v 30% Lab).
The Conservative lead over Labour has been cut by to 9 points, a decrease of 5 from February.
Con 38% (-3)
Lab 29% (+2)
LD 7% (-2)
UKIP 16% (+1)
Green 4% (+1)
SNP 4% (-1)
Other 1% (NC)