Nearly half of the public think Cameron should resign if UK votes for Brexit

Posted On: 
29th March 2016

Almost half of voters think David Cameron should resign if the UK votes to leave the EU on 23 June, new research from Ipsos MORI suggests.

David Cameron's position could be at risk if the UK votes for Brexit
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There is a small gap between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps on the question of Mr Cameron’s future, with 48% saying the Prime Minister should quit and 44% that he should stay on regardless of the referendum result.

Unsurprisingly, Labour supporters are more likely to call for the PM’s head – with 54% saying a Brexit should precipitate a Cameron exit.

However over one in three Tories (34%) say their leader should step down, suggesting he faces more than a little potential trouble from his own troops.

The most hostile to Mr Cameron staying on are Ukip supporters, 70% of whom want Mr Cameron to resign in the event of a Leave vote.

The headline polling figures suggest Mr Cameron should not be overly worried about the referendum result, with Remain currently 8 points ahead of Leave, at 49% to 41%.

However, factoring in potential turnout narrows the gap to 48% for Remain against 46% for Leave.

At the same time, the company are clear that there are “no comparable precedents” for this referendum so it is very difficult to say with any certainty how many people will vote.

What seems clear is that a sizeable chunk of the electorate have not yet made their mind up, with 33% of voters saying they may change their mind between now and polling day.

Ipsos MORI’s head of political research Gideon Skinner said: “David Cameron is crucial to the remain side campaign as the most important politician to how people will vote, but the flip side of this is that many Britons think his premiership should end if the country votes for Brexit.

“Meanwhile, remain keeps a narrow lead over leave, but it gets narrower still when we just look at those who say they are most likely to vote.”