Majority of Brits thinks Dominic Cummings should resign - including more than half of Brexiteers

PUBLISHED: 13:26 26 May 2020 | UPDATED: 16:05 26 May 2020

A protester outside the north London home of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings after he gave a press conference over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday May 25, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

A protester outside the north London home of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings after he gave a press conference over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday May 25, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

A majority of the British public believe that Boris Johnson’s senior adviser should resign, a new poll suggests.

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Some 59% of Britons think Dominic Cummings should resign from his Downing Street role following questions about his conduct during lockdown.

The YouGov poll - conducted on Saturday before fresh allegations about the aide - found that just 27% of those surveyed believe he should not resign while 14% answered “don’t know”.


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The data also showed 52% of those surveyed who voted Leave at the 2016 EU referendum want Cummings to resign, with 38% answering “should not resign” and 10% “don’t know”.

With Remain voters 71% believe he should step down, with 18% disagreeing.

71% believe that Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules, compared to just 20% who disagreed, with a majority of Tory voters also agreeing with the statement by 56% to 35%.

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Brexiteers and Remainers also agreed with 63% and 81% agreeing respectively.

Ed Davey, acting Lib Dem leader, said: “The public have made so many sacrifices since the lockdown and this polling clear shows people think there cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else.

“The prime minister’s support for his adviser increasingly looks out of touch and is losing him support with the public and his own party.

“The prime minister’s judgement has now become the issue, as this saga is confusing the vital public health messages needed to defeat coronavirus.

“Each minute the prime minister fails to act is another minute the government is distracted from upscaling Britain’s testing capacity, securing PPE for frontline workers and preventing the tragic deaths in our care homes. Dominic Cummings must go.”

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