Latest polling: Boris Johnson would be in Slytherin at Hogwarts

According to YouGov opinion polling, Boris Johnson would have been chosen to join Slytherin, the sam

According to YouGov opinion polling, Boris Johnson would have been chosen to join Slytherin, the same house as villain Draco Malfoy. Picture: Warner Bros - Credit: Warner Bros

The sorting hat would have put Boris Johnson into Slytherin House at Hogwarts, according to the latest polling - which also he's going to find it far harder to win votes outside of his own party.

A YouGov poll asked respondents which house at Harry Potter's school would have suited our next prime minister best, and the most common choice for Johnson - 42% - was Slytherin.

Slytherin, which housed many of the JK Rowling series' villains, is said to value ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness. Just 5% of respondents said Johnson would have been picked for Hufflepuff, or Harry Potter's own house Gryffindor.

Aside from the wizard-themed speculation, the YouGov poll also revealed big challenges for Boris Johnson with voters outside of his party.

He won over the Conservative membership by a large majority to clinch the leadership - beating Jeremy Hunt to number 10 by over 20,000 party members' votes. But this accounts for roughly 0.2% of the population.

MORE: Boris Johnson to become prime minister with 0.2% of the nation's voteBut the survey, conducted over the weekend, reveals that he is viewed far less favourably outside of his base.


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Nearly six out of 10 people (58%) had an unfavourable view of Johnson, while just three in 10 viewed him favourably. By comparison, Theresa May had persuaded 48% of people to view her in a good light when she took over.

Though half of people surveyed thought of him as a good mayor of London, almost half of the respondents felt Johnson was a bad foreign secretary - and 46% believe he will worsen the UK's image abroad.

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Fifty-two per cent of people responding said he'll be a "completely new type of prime minister" - but when asked about specific qualities, it turns out "new" may not mean "good".

Over half the people asked by YouGov said he was: "incompetent" (53%), "putting on an act" (55%), "untrustworthy" (58%), "dishonest" (53%) and "out of touch" (63%).

But he was also deemed "likeable" (43%) "strong" (41%) and "not a racist" (40%).

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