EU Vote, Tax Affairs Hurt Cameron’s Ratings, Both Campaigns Level

Trust in London Mayor Boris Johnson, the leading face of the “Out” campaign, too slip by 8 percentage points: Survey

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British Prime Minister David Cameron goes to hug a member of the public during General Election campaigning in the lead up to the parliamentary elections on May 7. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister David Cameron’s ratings have fallen 8 percentage points as he battles to keep Britain in the European Union ahead of a June referendum, according to a YouGov poll for The Times newspaper on Thursday.

The survey showed that 39 percent of voters backed Britain staying in the 28-member bloc level pegging with the support for withdrawal. Five percent said they would not vote while 17 percent were undecided, the online poll of 1,693 people carried out on 11-12 April found.

The previous YouGov survey, carried out a week ago, had the remain camp on 40 percent and the leave campaign on 38 percent.

The latest survey comes after a difficult week for Cameron who has faced criticism and scrutiny of his personal wealth after he said he had profited from selling shares in an offshore fund set up by his father which had been revealed in the Panama Papers.

That led him to taking the unusual step of publishing a summary of his tax records for the past six years.

Read: UK’s PM David Cameron Announces New Tax Evasion Law

The YouGov poll found public trust in Cameron, who is the effective head of the EU “In” campaign, had fallen 8 percentage points to 21 percent since a comparable survey taken on 21-22 February poll.

It showed trust in opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had risen 2 percentage points to 28 percent. Corbyn is due to make his first major intervention in the argument over Britain’s EU future later on Thursday when he will put his weight behind the “In” campaign.

However, trust in London Mayor Boris Johnson, the flamboyant, popular leading face of the “Out” campaign, has also fallen 8 percentage points to 26 percent, the survey indicated.

The “Vote Leave” group, which is backed by Johnson, was on Wednesday chosen to be the official “Out” campaign ahead of a referendum on 23 June.

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