Here are the figures:
Boris Johnson: 26 per cent (up four points).
Theresa May: 20 per cent (no change).
Sajid Javid: 13 per cent (down one point).
George Osborne: 10 per cent (up one point).
Liam Fox: 9 per cent (down three points).
Michael Gove: 5 per cent (down one point).
David Davis: 4 per cent (down three points).
Philip Hammond: 3 per cent (3.3) (Down one point.)
Owen Paterson: 3 per cent (2.7). (Down two points.)
Jeremy Hunt: 2 per cent (2.1). (No change.)
Rory Stewart: 2 per cent. (New entrant.)
Elizabeth Truss: 1 per cent (1.3) (New entrant.)
Nicky Morgan: 1 per cent. (New entrant.)
Adam Afriyie: 1 per cent (0.5). (New entrant.)
A word on the timing. We are “independent of the Conservative Party but supportive of it”, as we say on our front page. Being supportive, we see that there is a case for not running such a poll during “the short campaign”. Being independent, we see that there is a case for running it if the question is pertinent – which it is, a claim with which the 975 party members who responded evidently agree. And in any event, David Cameron’s announcement that he would not seek a third term as Prime Minister has given it additional legitimacy.
The conclusion we reached is as you see – to run the result, but not first thing in the morning. To those who don’t like it, I can only reply that this is conservativehome.com, not conservatives.com.