In fact there was significant support for the first December election since 1923, with nearly half (46 per cent) agreeing it was necessary to restore trust in politics. Forty-five per cent agreed the election was the “best way to resolve the Brexit debate and allow the country to move on”, with only 26 per cent disagreeing. In a blow for campaigners for a second referendum, 41 per cent of people polled said it was “better than holding a confirmatory referendum on Boris Johnson’s deal”. Only 21 per cent disagreed. There was also little sign of voter apathy with just 12 per cent saying the election was “not worth voting in”.
The findings will prove a major encouragement to Mr Johnson as he steels himself for the biggest test of his political career.
In the poll he consistently out-performs Jeremy Corbyn in a range of categories, with the Tories by far the most popular choice of voters.
On voting intentions the Conservatives are in first place on 36 per cent (+3), ahead of Labour on 28 per cent (-1), the Lib Dems on 17 per cent (-1), the Brexit Party on 10 percent (-2) and the Greens on three per cent (-1).
Nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents said Mr Johnson would “make the best prime minister”, while just 18 per cent thought Mr Corbyn was the best person to send to No 10.
New Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson will also be disappointed by the polling.
Despite enjoying a blaze of publicity since taking over from Vince Cable, a paltry 11 per cent said she would make the best PM.
Conservative Party is now eight points ahead in election polls (Image: Getty)
It was even worse for Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, with just seven per cent of respondents saying he was the most suitable person for the job.
Asked who was best to represent Britain on the world stage Mr Johnson again came out on top, on 30 per cent. Mr Corbyn was on 16 per cent Respondents also saw him as the best person to unite the country (29 per cent), with only 17 per cent saying the same about the Labour leader.
He was also thought to have the best chance of restoring trust in democracy – 25 per cent compared with Mr Corbyn’s 17 per cent.
And nearly a third (32 per cent) thought the PM was best placed to resolve the Brexit debate, ahead of Mr Corbyn on 15 per cent.
There was only one area where the Tory leader faced serious competition.
Nigel Farage did not win over voters, with only seven per cent saying he is the most suitable (Image: Getty)
When asked who was the “most trustworthy” party leader, 19 per cent opted for Mr Johnson, ahead of Mr Corbyn (18 per cent), Ms Swinson (15 per cent) and Mr Farage (eight per cent).