DOWNING STREET | På grund av OS har chanserna ökat att Londons konservativa borgmästare, Boris Johnson, blir Storbritanniens nästa premiärminister.
En ny opinionsundersökning från YouGov visar att han är populär även i de delar av landet där partiet är som svagast.
David Wooding, Associate Political Editor på The Sun som beställt undersökningen, skriver:
Boris Johnson has emerged as the Tories’ best hope of being returned to power at the next general election.
The mop-haired London mayor has bounced ahead of David Cameron as the party’s top vote-winner, a poll reveals today.
His popularity has soared during the Olympics — especially among doubters the PM must attract to stay in office.
He has benefited from a wave of patriotism that’s swept the nation in the past fortnight. BoJo insists he is not ready for No10, saying: “How could anybody elect a prat who gets stuck on a zip wire?”
But our exclusive survey shows he is the man most likely to win over die-hard Labour and Lib Dem voters.
Despite his posh upbringing, Mr Johnson’s plain-speaking and humour even appeals to working classes in Tory no-go areas of Scotland and Northern England.
One in four adults sees him more positively than they did before the London Games, according to our YouGov poll.
He is liked not only in the capital, but in almost EVERY region of Britain, including Scotland, the Midlands and the North. Mr Cameron has greater appeal only in the true-blue Tory heartlands of southern England.