Boris Johnson, long a favourite of the Tory grassroots, may finally be falling out of favour. The latest survey from Yougov on the British Foreign Secretary, conducted after his speech to the Conservative party conference, reveals that his popularity may now be at an all-time low.
According to YouGov, Johnson’s favourability ratings sunk from -22 at the beginning of September to -28 one month later. Post-speech they are now as low as -35. Even among Tory voters Johnson is losing friends. His rating within that same group has gone from +26 to -4 in just 6 weeks.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s numbers are moving in the opposite direction, albeit very slowly and from a modest starting point, going from -23 to -22 in the same period.
Yougov’s survey results appear now to have been incorporated in the latest odds offered by bookies on the Conservative party’s next leader. Ladbrokes and Paddy Power both show Johnson slipping from 5/1 to 6/1, now second favourite behind Sajid Javid. Mr Javid is the current Home Secretary and a former director of Deutsche Bank.
Johnson, however, still remains the favourite with William Hill who maintain his odds as outright favourite for securing the premiership at 4/1. Johnson has consistently denied that he is interested in the country’s top job, whilst the public and political commentariat have consistently ignored those denials.