They are the findings of a Survation poll for the Mail conducted today after the vote of confidence in Mrs May’s Conservative leadership was announced.
According to the survey of Conservative councillors, Home Secretary Mr Javid is the Party’s first choice to replace Mrs May.
He is followed by Mr Hunt and former
Surprisingly, Mr Johnson, Mrs May’s most prominent critic, trails in seventh place.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is favourite with the Tory faithful to succeed Theresa May
A poll for the Mail found Sajid Javid is favourite to succeed Theresa May
By contrast, Environment Michael Gove, who sabotaged fellow Brexiteer Johnson’s 2016 leadership challenge in 2016, but has stayed loyal to Mrs May, is one place ahead of Johnson.
The 753 Conservative councillors who took part in the poll were asked to pick from 11 leadership contenders, listing them in order of preference.
The more top picks they received, the higher they were ranked and vice versa.
The Survation poll is a key guide to the possible outcome of a Tory leadership contest.
MPs whittle the candidates down the final two, but the winner is decided by a vote of the Party’s 100,000 plus members, which includes its 9,000 councillors.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is second place favourite to succeed Theresa May
Nearly six in ten of those who took part in the survey voted in favour of Brexit in the referendum; four of ten voted Remain.
In spite of the respondents’ pro Brexit views, outspoken Remainer, Work and Pensions Secretary Ms Rudd, restored to the Cabinet after losing her Home Office job over the Windrush immigration fiasco earlier this year, pipped both Johnson and Gove.
The number one ranking for Javid comes after a series of reports that he is gearing up for a challenge if Mrs May falls.
The Home Secretary, who campaigned for Remain but has since said he supports Brexit, is followed by fellow convert Hunt in second place, Raab third, David Davis, Amber Rudd, Gove, Johnson, Penny Mordaunt, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.
Nearly seven in ten Tory councillors said Conservative MPs were wrong to try to oust Mrs May
A Survation poll for the Mail found Hunt in second place, Raab third, then David Davis, Amber Rudd, Gove, and Johnson
Johnson’s low position is at odds with other recent polls of Tory supporters – as opposed to Tory members – which have put him in first place.
Damian Lyons-Lowe, head of Survation, said: ‘It seems Conservative councillors disapprove more strongly of a fellow politician who rocks the party boat to members of the public.
They are more sympathetic to Cabinet loyalists like Sajid and Hunt. Boris’ supporters will be dismayed that he is behind both Gove and Rudd in popularity terms in the Party.’
Nearly seven in ten Tory councillors said Conservative MPs were wrong to try to oust Mrs May; one in three said they were right to do so.
A total of 67 per cent said MPs should vote to keep Mrs May against 31 per cent who said they should sack her.
Johnson’s low position of seventh is at odds with other recent polls of Tory supporters – as opposed to Tory members – which have put him in first place
Tory Party anger with MPs who tried to topple Mrs May is reflected in some of the comments posted by councillors who took part in the poll.
They included: ‘What a mess, no deal should not even be considered, the economy is the priority’; ‘We should support the PM, stabbing her in the back has undermined her all the way’; ‘Conservative MPs are acting like children’; ‘I am ashamed of MPs who did this.’
But some were critical of the Prime Minister. One said: ‘We need a leader with real charisma.’ Another observed: ‘She has made a real hash of the negotiations.’
Survation interviewed 753 Conservative councillors online today.