UK Public Rates Boris Johnson Worst-Performing Post-War PM


  • Outgoing UK PM Boris Johnson has topped a list of poor leaders, according to a new poll.
  • Johnson was ranked the worst-performing post-war premier by the survey of 1,111 people.
  • The best-performing British leader was wartime prime minister Winston Churchill.

The UK public has ranked outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson as its worst-performing post-war leader.

Some 1,111 peopled responded to the Ipsos online survey, which asked them to rate 15 prime ministers since 1945, and vote whether they thought they did a good or bad job. 

Nearly half of respondents – 49% – said Johnson did a bad job in office. He was followed by his immediate predecessors Theresa May (at 41%) and David Cameron (38%). 

However, Johnson’s came fourth out of leaders who did a good job with 33% of the vote. His icon Winston Churchill topped the poll, with 62%, followed by Marget Thatcher (at 43%) and Tony Blair (at 36%).

Churchill served two separate terms, leading the country during the Second World War (1940-45) and again from 1951-1955. He died in 1965.

Keiran Pedley, director of political research at Ipsos, said: “Boris Johnson will be reasonably content with finishing 4th on that list but less happy about topping the list for having done a bad job.” 

Pedley noted there may be “recency bias” affecting those who topped the “bad job” list. 

“Time will tell how Johnson’s legacy is judged. As we see by improved scores for Gordon Brown over time, negative perceptions today may soften in the future,” Pedley explained.

Johnson was forced to leave his post as Tory leader and UK PM after numerous scandals in office. This included so-called “partygate,” where Johnson was found to have been part of raucous parties in Downing Street that took place during COVID lockdowns in the UK.

Johnson agreed to quit in July after dozens of ministers resigned over his conduct, after it emerged that Downing Street was “not telling the truth” about a minister’s inappropriate behaviour.

His replacement and the winner of an ongoing Tory leadership contest between Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be announced on September 5



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