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Most voters think Theresa May should quit before next election - poll

Most voters think Theresa May should quit before next election - poll
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Most voters believe Theresa May should resign as Prime Minister before the next election, according to a new poll.

The Opinium survey also revealed that 51% disapprove of the job she is doing, although she has a slight lead over Jeremy Corbyn on who would make the best Prime Minister.

The poll also showed that the Conservatives have cut Labour's lead over them to two points.

Some 57% said they thought Mrs May should stand down before the next election, which is due to take place in 2022, while 33% said she should quit now.

Some 16% of those polled said she should stay on until the end of the Brexit negotiations, with 8% believing she should step down shortly before the next election.

In contrast, just 22% said she should carry on as Prime Minister and lead the Conservatives into the next election.

Mrs May's overall approval rating is now minus 21%, while Mr Corbyn's is plus 4%.

However, 36% still believe she makes the best Prime Minister, compared to 33% for Jeremy Corbyn.

Elsewhere, the poll showed that 58% of British adults back scrapping the 1% cap on public sector pay rises.

Adam Drummond, head of political polling at Opinium, said:  "Although support for May has waned, there is a lack of enthusiasm for other senior Conservative politicians to take the reins, presenting a dilemma for the party.

"In our findings, UK voters were most likely to view Boris Johnson as a future Conservative Prime Minister, but he remains a polarising figure with two thirds  - 63% - struggling to imagine him as Prime Minister."

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