Two-thirds of voters think Jeremy Corbyn would be a poor choice for caretaker Prime Minister in yet another poll blow for Labour leader
- Total of 63% of those surveyed did not think Labour leader would be good choice
- Mr Corbyn as alternative PM met with most opposition from five options in poll
- A total of 25 per cent of those questioned backed veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke
The overwhelming majority of voters do not want Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker Prime Minister, a poll showed last night.
A total of 63 per cent of those questioned said they did not think the Labour leader would be a good choice – with just 15 per cent backing him.
Mr Corbyn as the alternative PM met with the most opposition from five options tested in a YouGov poll.
The overwhelming majority of voters do not want Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker Prime Ministe. A total of 63 per cent of those questioned said they did not think the Labour leader would be a good choice
A total of 25 per cent of voters backed veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke and 19 per cent supported Labour MP Harriet Harman if Boris Johnson’s government is brought down in a confidence vote.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas trailed on 13 per cent.
A high number of people replied ‘don’t know’ to mention of the three women, suggesting low name recognition.
A total of 44 per cent of voters oppose a government of ‘national unity’ that some have proposed to stop Boris Johnson going through with a No Deal Brexit; just 37 per cent supported the idea.
According to the poll, 19 per cent said they didn’t know whether they would support a unity administration to bring down Mr Johnson and halt a no deal Brexit.
A total of 25 per cent of voters backed veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke (pictured outside No 10 in 2013)
Tory voters were most opposed to the deal, with 77 per cent opposed, while 66 per cent of Lib Dem voters and 66 per cent of Remain voters were in favour.
The research comes after Mr Corbyn said earlier this week that a general election triggered by the Brexit crisis will provide a ‘once-in-a-generation chance’ for a change of direction.
He vowed to do ‘everything necessary’ to prevent a no-deal exit and told Remainer MPs and Tory rebels to ‘get on board’ and help him seize the keys to No 10.
He said a general election could lead to a change on the scale of 1945 or 1979, warning that things ‘cannot go on as they were before’.
Last week his plan to be installed as a caretaker prime minister to prevent a no-deal Brexit failed to win the support of Tory Remainers and the Liberal Democrats, who he would need on side to succeed.
Conservative former minister Sir Oliver Letwin had said he would not be able to support a bid to put Mr Corbyn in Number 10, and that he did not think it was likely that a majority could be formed for the idea.
And Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve said that while he would be willing to bring down Mr Johnson’s administration, he did not think the Labour leader was the right person to lead a caretaker government.