Skip to content

Johnson Is Taking Tories to Heavy Loss in Special Election: Poll

  • Labour expected to win Wakefield, Lib Dems to take Tiverton
  • Premier popularity sours, evidenced by booing at public event
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Photographer: Aaron Chown/AFP/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is heading for a thumping defeat in this month’s special election in Wakefield, according to a poll published in the Sunday Times, a result that would heighten speculation over the prime minister’s long-term future.

According to a J.L. Partners survey of 501 adults in Wakefield, the main opposition Labour Party has 48% support. Wakefield in Yorkshire is one of the historically Labour-voting constituencies in northern England -- the so-called Red Wall -- that helped deliver a huge majority for Johnson in the 2019 general election.