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Majority of Public Want Zahawi Sacked

Chris Holbrook Find Out Now Market Research

Chris Holbrook

23rd Jan, 2023 | 2 mins read

Nadhim Zahawi is reportedly determined to stay on as Conservative Party Charmain despite calls for his resignation after it emerged he was fined by HMRC over unpaid taxes. It has since emerged that the penalty was determined while he was serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

On Saturday he made a statement describing the error as “careless and not deliberate”, after which we asked a nationally representative sample of 2,020:

Nadhim Zahawi, the Chairman of the Conservative Party and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, has agreed to pay a settlement, said to be around £5 million, to HMRC over unpaid taxes. He has stated that the mistake was “careless and not deliberate”.

Should the Prime Minister dismiss him from his Cabinet position?

Yes: 58.5%
No: 14%
I don’t know: 27.5%

Disregarding the “I don’t know” responses:

Yes: 81%
No: 19%

The feeling is largely unanimous. Even amongst 2019 Conservative voters:

Yes: 52%
No: 24%
I don’t know: 24%

Full tables here

About the survey

Find Out Now interviewed 2,505 GB Adults online on Saturday the 21st and Sunday 22nd of January. The sample was adjusted to a nationally representative sample of 2,020 within 1% +/- ONS quotas for gender, age, region, SEG, and past voting.

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