London Mayor is six-per cent more popular than Prime Minister, finds YouGov survey
BORIS JOHNSON would be a far more popular leader of the Tory party than David Cameron, a new poll reports, confirming the London Mayor as the leading challenger to the 'cursed' Prime Minister.
Current national polling by YouGov suggests the opposition Labour Party enjoys an eleven percentage point lead over Cameron's Tories, but that 42-31 advantage collapses to just one point with Johnson in charge, the two main parties scoring 38-37 in the new survey.
Johnson's profile is thought to have been boosted by his many appearances at the London Olympics and by his fierce opposition to a third runway at Heathrow.
In contrast, the main memory of the Prime Minister at the Olympics is of the 'Cameron Curse', when his presence at events coincided with early failures by British athletes. Cameron is also seen by many as having reneged on a promise not to build the third runway.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Johnson had discussed the possibility of becoming an MP again in order to prepare a bid for the Tory leadership, but the Mayor's camp dismissed those rumours as "without doubt fanciful".