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Theresa May is Councillor’s Choice for Conservative Leader

Conservative Councillors have stated their preference for Theresa May to be the next Conservative Leader in the latest Survation poll, fieldwork of which was concluded before the results of the first ballot of Conservative MPs was announced on Tuesday evening, and was featured on the Daily Politics.

Nearly half (46%) of Conservative Councillors said, of the five leadership candidates, Mrs May was their top preference. Excluding those who were undecided and refused to give an answer, three-in-five (60%) Cllrs backed Mrs May, compared to just over a quarter (28%) who backed her closest rival, Andrea Leadsom.

Those Cllrs who stated a candidate other than Mrs May as their top preference were then asked who they would choose in a series of head-to-head contests with Mrs May, in order to replicate as best as possible the membership ballot paper which Conservative Cllrs will receive once the field has been whittled down to two.

In light of Liam Fox being eliminated and Stephen Crabb dropping out of the leadership race last night, our tables only feature head-to-head contests for Theresa May against Michael Gove and Angela Leadsom.


In the May vs Gove contest, the results among Cllrs were as follows:

May vs Gove
May – 60%
Gove – 13%
Undecided – 21%
Refused – 6%

May vs Gove (excl. undecided/refused, n=771)
May – 82%
Gove – 18%

May vs Gove


And in the May vs Leadsom contest, the results among Cllrs were as follows:

May vs Leadsom
May – 50%
Leadsom – 26%
Undecided – 19%
Refused – 5%

May vs Leadsom (excl. undecided/refused, n=807)
May – 66%
Leadsom – 34%

May vs Leadsom


Survation interviewed 1,062 Conservative Councillors on 4th – 5th July 2016. Full tables available here.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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