Most Britons who voted do not trust Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise to deliver a more just Britain after Brexit.
In one poll, less than a quarter believe the economy will improve and less than 40% believe the prime minister will keep his promise to “level” the country.
The exclusive Survey for the Daily Mirror Most voters have little confidence that the prime minister will invest in the regions and fight inequality.
When asked how they would vote in a general election, the Conservatives are still in the lead.
However, Deltapoll’s poll shows that 50% of respondents do not trust the Prime Minister to bring all regions of the UK to the same level. Only 37% believe he will.
A clear majority (45% to 23%) expect the UK to get less equal over the next 12 months.
More than half of voters (55%) say they don’t believe in the Tories who help the poorest in society. 51% say they are more likely to help the richest people in the country.
The survey also shows people’s concerns for the coming year.
Less than one in four (24%) believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months. 48% say it will get worse.
And a clear majority (45% to 23%) think the UK has become a more unequal country in the last year.
Only 36% of those questioned are optimistic about the coming year, 30% are pessimistic.
The Prime Minister has only limited praise for securing a Brexit deal. 41% support the trade agreement, 34% are against it.
A majority (38% to 32%) believe the deal will be good for the UK, with 30% undecided.
However, most people don’t believe the deal is what Brexiteers promised in the 2016 referendum.
Only 4% say the outcome is better than what the vacation campaign promised, compared to 48% who say it is worse than what Vacation promised four years ago.
If there was a second referendum, 53% would stay and 47% would leave.
However, there are few signs of regret about Brexit. 85% say they don’t regret the way they voted in the EU referendum.
Only 13% of Leavers and 7% of Remainers say they regret their decision.
Although the Tories maintain a national lead in the polls, Mr Johnson’s personal assessments lag behind those of Labor leader Keir Starmer.
When asked how they would vote in a general election, 43% said Conservatives, 38% Labor, 4% Lib Dems, 4% and 16% for the SNP or smaller parties.
But the Prime Minister’s approval ratings are -3, with 49% saying he’s doing a bad job and 46% doing well.
In contrast, Mr. Starmer has a net approval rating of +5, with 41% saying he’s fine and 36% bad.
The survey also shows how few people trust Mr Johnson. Only 39% say he’s telling the truth, compared to 54% who say he doesn’t.
The poll also shows Conservatives are losing support for seats they won in 2019, including the Red Wall.
In those constituencies, Mr Johnson’s approval rating has dropped to -19%, while Mr Starmer is one + 15%.
Voters in these seats also have less confidence that the Prime Minister will balance the regions (-34% versus -13% nationally) and help the poorest (-24% versus -18% nationally).
However, the survey also shows the challenge that Mr. Starmer faces.
Among older voters, Labor is 40 points behind the Tories, with 60% of those over 65 saying they vote conservatively and only 20% voting Labor.
The Tories are also ahead of the economy on the key issue: 46% say a government led by Johnson and Rishi Sunak is best for business, and only 32% support a government led by Starmer and Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds .
A majority (52% to 42%) trust the Tories to grow the economy and invest in the NHS (49% to 45%).
Mr Sunak also has the top personal ratings for any politician when it comes to dealing with the Covid outbreak.
Around 55% are of the opinion that the Chancellor did well during the crisis. His net approval rating is +23, compared to -4 for Health Secretary Matt Hancock and -12 for London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is also rated good during the outbreak and has an approval rating of +18.
** Deltapoll surveyed 1,608 UK adults online between December 26th and 30th, 2020. The data have been weighted as representative of the UK adult population as a whole.