Liz Truss is poised to become PM in weeks after another poll showed she has an unassailable lead among Tory members.
Rival Rishi Sunak only has support from 34 per cent, excluding those who are not sure. Although the 32-point advantage is slightly smaller than was found a fortnight ago, just 13 per cent are now undecided and nearly six in 10 have already voted.
However, there is also widespread regret that Boris Johnson is going – with 55 per cent saying it was wrong to force him to quit.
There is already sniping within the Tories over the bitter contest, with anger in the Sunak camp that some MPs have switched sides as Ms Truss’s bid has gathered momentum.
‘Those who switch are doing it purely for their own careers and it’s spineless. No one forgets a switcher and it tends to end badly for them,’ one insider told the Guardian.