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Boris Johnson still the PM in a year? More than half say ‘no’

MOST people believe Boris Johnson will be out of No.10 within a year, with one in eight saying he will be gone by November, a poll for Metro finds.

Fifty-two per cent say the new prime minister, who has promised Brexit will take place ‘do or die’ by October 31, will not last more than a year — while just 14 per cent believe he will cling on to beat Mrs May’s three years in office.

Getting out of the EU and reducing NHS waiting lists were seen as the joint top priorities for Mr Johnson, polling 44 per cent each in the Public First study.

Pollster James Frayne said: ‘If Boris doesn’t deliver Brexit by the end of October, or just about, he’s in all sorts of trouble with his own supporter base. But he can’t let Brexit be his government’s only focus.’

Mr Johnson urged ‘optimism’ about the future in his first speech as PM — but just 35 per cent of the public said they were optimistic about his premiership, with 41 per cent pessimistic. Of the optimists, the biggest reason for optimism for 20 per cent was that Brexit would take place on Halloween, while 24 per cent of pessimists were most pessimistic about Britain leaving without a deal.

A separate DeltaPoll study for the Mail on Sunday found Mr Johnson gaining a ten-point ‘Boris bounce’ — giving the Conservatives 30 per cent to Labour’s 25 per cent. Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats were on 18 per cent and the Brexit Party on 14. Mr Johnson has ‘absolutely’ ruled out a general election before Brexit. Election expert Prof John Curtis said: ‘Any such lead will need to be substantial before a general election becomes at all an attractive prospect.’

Today’s Public First poll suggests a total of 44 per cent of people would be happy to leave with a no-deal Brexit.

Thirteen per cent want Article 50 revoked, which would allow Britain to stay in the EU. Sixteen per cent think we should only leave when a deal is agreed, the same proportion who want some form of second referendum.

Mr Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers will please the 27 per cent who believe crime should be his priority. Seventeen per cent favour more school spending and 15 per cent want to prioritise the economy outside the south-east.

‘It’s clear the public are demanding action on bread and butter issues,’ added Mr Frayne. Public First spoke to 1,000 adults between July 22 and 25.