Boris surge: Prime Minister’s poll lead soars – 68% of voters back Covid lockdown roadmap

Boris Johnson promises 'light ahead' as he plans to lift lockdown

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Lockdown-weary Britons were handed a major boost on Monday after Boris Johnson outlined a phased relaxation of the rules, with all restrictions set to end on June 21. The latest opinion survey by Deltapoll found 68 percent of Britons supported the Prime Minister’s plan to end lockdown.

The poll found just one-in-five people or 20 percent opposed his vision.

The Prime Minister insisted the roadmap – starting with schools returning on March 8 – would be guided by the scientific data rather than specific dates.

Some backbench Tory MPs have been critical of the four-month plan and argued the relaxation of the rules is too slow.

The survey also found Mr Johnson’s personal approval rating has surged in the past month.

It found his “net approval” has risen to plus 10 – up from plus 1 in January.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has seen his approval rating slump from a positive rating to zero.

The majority of the British public also back the Government’s overall strategy to tackling coronavirus, according to the poll.

The survey found 52 percent were in favour of the Government’s overall approach – this is the first time since May the figure has been above 50 percent.

However, less than half of Britons believe the Government will stick to the roadmap.

The poll found just 47 percent of people believe all restrictions will end on June 21.

Ahead of the budget on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak has the highest approval rating in the Cabinet.

The survey found the Chancellor has a rating of plus 28 – this is in stark contrast to Health Secretary Matt Hancock who is on minus three.

The UK is delivering a world-beating vaccination programme with almost 20 million first doses administered.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has been leading the rollout and 59 percent of people think he is doing a good job.

Under the lockdown roadmap, all schools in England will reopen on March 8, with the wider use of face masks and testing in secondaries.

Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also then be permitted.

There will then be an interval of three weeks for the Government and health experts to analyse the data before restrictions are relaxed further.

Mr Johnson said progressing through the measures had to meet four test, they include the success of the vaccine rollout, evidence of vaccine efficacy, an assessment of new variants, and keeping infection rates below a level that could put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

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Groups of six people or two households are set to be able to meet outdoors from March 29 at the earliest.

Non-essential retail and beer gardens are set to reopen on April 12.

By May 17, two households or groups of up to six people may be allowed to mix indoors and crowds of up to 10,000 in the largest venues will be allowed at performances and sporting events.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Johnson said he was “very optimistic” all restrictions would end on June 21.

The Deltapoll for the Mail on Sunday surveyed 1,527 UK adults online from February 24-26.

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