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Two thirds believe Sue Gray report was to delay and distract

Chris Holbrook Find Out Now Market Research

Chris Holbrook

30th May, 2022 | 3 mins read

On the Today Programme on the 26th of May Steve Barclay, Downing Street Chief of Staff, was asked by Nick Robinson, ‘Does he (Boris Johnson) still believe there were no parties?’ To which he responded, ‘This is why he commissioned the report’. According to our poll, neither the British public, nor Conservative voters, agree.

Why did Boris Johnson commission the Sue Gray report?

To buy himself time in the hope the public would lose interest: 65%

To determine whether social gatherings, that he believed to be lawful, were unlawful or not: 21%

None of the above: 20%

Full results here

Key points

  • Two thirds (65%) believe the report was to buy Boris time
  • Only 15% think the report was commissioned to ascertain legality of alleged parties
  • More (2019) Conservative voters believe buying time is the reason (42%), compared to ascertaining lawfulness (34%)

About the survey

Find Out Now polled 4,947 GB adults online on 26th May 2022. Results are based on a nationally representative sub-sample of 2,204 within ±1% of ONS quotas for age, gender, socio-economic group, past voting, and region.     

Find Out Now are members of the British Polling Council and Market Research Society abide by their rules.

For further information, or to request a poll or survey, contact us onask@findoutnow.co.uk

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