PUBLISHED: 08:52, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:10, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
More than a quarter (27 percent) of over 10,000 readers backed Rishi Sunak to be the next Conservative Party leader. It comes as pressure grows on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a series of embarrassing U-turn amid his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the A-level exam results controversy.
In second place was Brexiteer and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, with 23 percent (2,164) of readers backing him.
While Michael Gove, currently Cabinet Office Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, got 10 percent (949) of the vote.
Mr Johnson’s previous Tory leadership rival Jeremy Hunt got just 4 percent (474) of the vote when Express.co.uk readers were asked ‘Who should be the next Conservative Party leader?’
Rishi Sunak has been tipped to be the next Tory leader by Express readers (Image: GETTY )
Express.co.uk poll results (Image: EXPRESS/APESTER )
Mr Sunak, who has only been part of the Cabinet for just under a year, is the bookies' hot favourite to be the next Tory leader at odds of just 3/1 with Bet365.
Branded the ‘rising star of the Tory party’, Mr Sunak has the mammoth task of leading the UK’s economic strategy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Five years ago Mr Sunak wasn’t even a member of parliament - but now he is running the world’s fifth-largest economy as it battles against the national health crisis that is the coronavirus pandemic.
Rishi Sunak has only been part of the Cabinet for just under a year (Image: PA)
The Chancellor, who has headed up several multi-billion pound packages during the COVID-19 crisis, including the popular furlough scheme, has long been tipped by bookmakers to one day become Prime minister.
The 40-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker was appointed in dramatic fashion when incumbent Sajid Javid unexpectedly quit -