Voters have a negative view of every Conservative prime minister since 2010, a new poll suggest.
David Cameron is the least unpopular Tory PM but more voters would pick Boris Johnson than any other of the party’s leaders to be in No 10 today.
More voters picked Mr Johnson as the leader who would make the best prime minister now (23 per cent) than Mr Cameron (20 per cent) and Mr Sunak (17 per cent), the BMG Research poll for i showed.
This is because Mr Johnson benefits from a stronger base of support, with 29 per cent believing he did a good job as PM, compared with 27 per cent for Mr Cameron and 25 per cent for Mr Sunak.
However, Mr Johnson was more polarising, with 54 per cent believing he did a bad job, leaving him with a net score of -24 per cent, with Mr Sunak narrowly ahead on -21 per cent and Mr Cameron the best Tory leader on -9 per cent.
Liz Truss was by far and away the most unpopular Tory PM, with just 6 per cent of voters thinking she did a good job, versus 75 per cent who thought she did a bad one, leaving her with a net score of -69. Just 2 per cent of voters picked her as the best leader for today.
Theresa May meanwhile was just as unpopular as Mr Johnson on -24 per cent, with 22 per cent of voters thinking she did a good job versus 46 per cent bad.
Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer was the preferred choice as Labour leader today compared with those who have led the party since 2010, with 27 per cent backing him ahead of Gordon Brown (17 per cent), Jeremy Corbyn (12 per cent) and Ed Miliband (11 per cent).
Robert Struthers, head of polling at BMG said: “The Conservatives are also viewed as having performed poorly in government.
“In office for 13 years, voters are generally critical of the performance of every Conservative Prime Minister since David Cameron, Rishi Sunak included.”