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Almost half of Brits urge Theresa May to quit before next election - poll

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Almost half of British voters want Theresa May to quit before the next general election, according to a new poll.

Just 29% of the electorate want the Prime Minister to stay in power for the whole Parliament, compared with 48% who are calling on her to stand down early, the poll by BMG Research for the Independent found.

In better news for Mrs May, however, the poll revealed that the Conservatives have regained their headline lead over Labour, with the parties on 42% and 39% respectively.

The paper also reports that 56% of the public refused to back any of her rivals to succeed her.

When asked who would “make the best Prime Minister”, Boris Johnson was the most popular on 16%, while David Davis and Philip Hammond achieved just 5%.

Meanwhile, 58% said they were unhappy with the Prime Minister’s leadership, while 42% are satisfied, leaving Mrs May with a personal rating of -16, a rapid decline from her +12 position before she called the June election.

The research also showed Jeremy Corbyn was more popular with the public than the Prime Minister, with the Labour leader enjoying a +2 approval rating.

The public remain largely split on the Labour leader with 51% happy with his performance, while 49% are unhappy.

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