More than two thirds (68 per cent) of those who backed EU withdrawal three years ago trust the Prime Minister to deliver, in contrast to less than half (49 per cent) who backed the Brexit Party leader.
The analysis by YouGov for the Times comes after Mr Johnson sent out another clear sign that he will not bow to Mr Farage’s demand he scrap his Brexit deal or risk losing seats to the hardliners.
With the Brexit Party planning to run 600 candidates Mr Johnson last night compared them to ‘candle-sellers at the dawn of the age of the electric light bulb’ worried they are about to become obsolete.
It prompted Mr Farage this morning to confirm he would continue to stand candidates across the country.
‘Boris Johnson is offering something that is not Brexit and does not get Brexit done,’ the Brexit Party leader told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
More than two thirds of those who backed EU withdrawal three years ago trust the Prime Minister to deliver, in contract to less than half who backed the Brexit Party leader (above, yesterday)
Mr Johnson (pictured today at the Tetley factory in Stockton-on-Tees) is heading to the North East and Scotland to campaign today, after blasting Nigel Farage over his Brexit stance
Despite the backing from 2016 Leave voters for the Brexiteers, none of the main party leaders are trusted by the population as a whole, the survey suggests.
Labour meltdown as ex-minister Ian Austin urges ‘decent’ people to vote for Boris Johnson
A former Labour MP today urged ‘decent patriots’ to vote Tory to stop Jeremy Corbyn getting his hands on the keys to Downing Street.
The extraordinary intervention came from Ian Austin, who quit the party earlier this year in protest at the vile wave of anti-Semitism among activists since Mr Corbyn became leader.
The ex-minister spoke out after the dramatic resignation of Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson threw its election campaign into turmoil.
Mr Watson – who will not be standing on December 12 – delivered his bombshell news last night after years of bitter infighting with Mr Corbyn and his hard-Left acolytes,
Mr Austin and Luciana Berger, who both quit Labour in protest at the vile wave of anti-Semitism since Mr Corbyn became leader, said Mr Watson would not be going if he thought the veteran left-winger was ‘fit to lead our country’.
Ms Berger, now a Lib Dem, said it was ‘another nail in the coffin’ for Labour.
Boris Johnson has a 12-point lead over Mr Farage but he is backed by just 37 per cent of voters to the Brexit Party leader’s 25 per cent.
Jeremy Corbyn is backed by just 18 per cent of voters, with almost three quarters (73 per cent) saying they do not trust him.
At a rally in Birmingham last night the Prime Minister defiantly backed the deal he agreed with Brussels – before its progress through the House of Commons stalled, prompting the general election.
He said: ‘I’ve heard some people in the last few days trying to attack our deal.
‘I am reminded of candle-sellers at the dawn of the age of the electric light bulb, or sellers of typewriters on beholding their first laptop computer.
‘They have a terrible sense they’re about to lose their market.’
This morning on the radio Mr Farage was challenged about more than 20 of his candidates quitting, with many citing their support for Boris Johnson’s deal.
He said: ‘I’ve never fought an election at which at the last minute candidates didn’t pull out because they realise firstly, the full responsibility of doing it, and secondly they are coming under a huge amount of pressure.’
Mr Farage had previously said the Prime Minister had to scrap the Withdrawal Agreement for the Brexit Party to stand down candidates.
Mr Johnson sent out another clear sign that he will not bow to Mr Farage’s demand he scrap his Brexit deal or risk losing seats to the hardliners. at a rally in Birmingham last night (pictured)
The population as a whole have a low trust rating for all leaders, the survey found, with Jeremy Corbyn having the lowest
But he told the BBC he wanted to see changes to the political declaration agreed with the EU.
‘Boris Johnson needs to make it clear that he will fundamentally change the political declaration in two ways,’ he said.
‘Firstly that he will get rid of an extension that will allow it to go on until at least 2022. We need to have the clause in the political declaration removed so we have a hard deadline.
‘The second point is that we simply cannot, absolutely cannot, bind ourselves to a trade deal that gives us regulatory alignment that would prevent us from doing trade deals with the rest of the world and would mean we are not making our own laws.’
Boris Johnson’s poll lead dips but Tories are still 11 points ahead of Labour despite rocky start to campaign
But the party still remains firmly ahead of
Some 36 per cent of voters have swung behind the Prime Minister, according to the YouGov survey of December 12 ballot intentions.
As the official starting gun was fired on the campaign yesterday, only the unashamedly pro-Remain
Meanwhile the Brexit Party – whose leader Nigel Farage this morning mused a Leave Alliance with the Tories was still a possibility – continues to flag on just 11 per cent.
Mr Johnson’s opening election rally in Birmingham last night threatened to be overshadowed by a slew of bad headlines involving several of his key allies.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was forced to apologise for implying Grenfell Tower victims lacked ‘common sense’ for following fire brigade advice to stay in their apartments.
Alun Cairns, the longest serving cabinet minister, quit as Welsh Secretary amid accusations he knowingly endorsed a candidate who had collapsed a rape trial.
And Tory Chairman James Cleverly took a hammering yesterday after shrugging off claims that his party had doctored a video which showed Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer supposedly struggling to answer an interviewer’s question.
Boris Johnson warns Scots voting Tory is the only way to stop a second independence referendum after Labour’s ‘back room deal’ with SNP as Nicola Sturgeon demands the PM apologise for Brexit ‘chaos’
The Prime Minister will tell Scots they face a choice between a Conservative government which will ‘get
Scotland will be a key battleground on December 12 and the results there could ultimately decide which party forms the next government.
The Tories won 13 seats in 2017, the SNP ended up with 35 and Labour finished with seven.
But Ms Sturgeon is confident of adding to that tally this time around while the Tories could be in trouble following the resignation of Ruth Davidson as Scottish Conservative leader.
Labour could also be set to lose seats because of the party’s neutral Brexit stance after Scotland voted to Remain by 62 per cent to 38 back in 2016.
Boris Johnson, pictured in Stockton-on-Tees at the Tetley Tea Factory today, is heading to Scotland on the campaign trail this afternoon
Mr Johnson enjoyed a cup of tea with workers at Tata Global Beverages before going north
Nicola Sturgeon, pictured campaigning in Alloa yesterday, said Mr Johnson should apologise to Scottish voters during his visit
Labour beating Tories in election social media battle
Labour is storming ahead of the other parties in the general election’s social media campaign by using ‘short, clear, strident’ messages which hammer the Establishment.
Twitter and Facebook posts of Jeremy Corbyn attacking billionaires and tax-dodgers are attracting thousands more likes than the Conservatives’ efforts, according to figures compiled by Cardiff University.
A ranking of the parties’ online engagements since Parliament last month voted for the December 12 poll reveals Labour have produced the top seven tweets – with one racking up a colossal 104,000 likes.
Punchy videos have also helped the party open up a gulf of social media support over Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, whose strategy of deploying memes and iPhone selfies of the Prime Minister has failed to rival Labour’s ‘like’ haul.
Their most-liked tweet ranks a lowly 17th, trailing a string of Labour and even SNP posts.
Senior lecturer Matt Walsh, who compiled the figures, told MailOnline: ‘Labour have had the best of the first week.
The holding of a second referendum is likely to be a key issue in the run up to polling day with Ms Sturgeon arguing that one should take place by the end of next year.
Mr Corbyn has said a Labour government would not stand in the way of a second poll if there was a majority in favour of holding one in Holyrood.
That prompted accusations from the Tories that the SNP intended to prop up a minority Labour government in return for a vote on independence.
But Mr Johnson is dead set against having a re-run of the 2014 vote and has ruled one out if he stays on as PM.
Mr Johnson said: ‘This is a crucial election for Scotland. A vote for the Scottish Conservatives is a vote to stop a second independence referendum and to get Brexit done so we can spend 2020 taking back control of our fishing waters, getting a fairer deal for our farmers, and investing in public services to give people better healthcare and better education.
‘The other choice is a vote for Jeremy Corbyn who would spend next year dancing to the SNP’s tune, wasting the year with two divisive referendums – one on the EU and one to give up on our union.
‘Only a vote for the Conservatives will stop the SNP’s plans to break up the UK – the most fantastic and successful political union in the world. I will never give up on our incredible union.’
Ms Sturgeon said the Prime Minister should use his visit to Scotland to apologise for the ‘utter shambles’ the Tories have presided over.
Ms Sturgeon will be hopeful the SNP will be able to add to its tally of 35 seats on election night
She said: ‘The only thing Boris Johnson should be coming to Scotland to do today is apologise for the chaos he and his party have subjected us to for years.
‘He is a prime architect of the Brexit vote and the utter shambles it has now led to.
‘A vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit and to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.
‘The SNP are the main challengers in every single Tory seat in Scotland, and we will do our bit in trying to ensure his time in Downing Street has already come to an end.’