The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
Johnson is still in negative ratings, though less so, and Sunak’s score is at its lowest since he became Chancellor.
Conservative MPs have chosen to await her report, plus perhaps Geidt, Stone, the police, potential resignations – and an unhappy Chancellor.
And Ministers associated with support for Covid restrictions suffer noticeable falls in their scores.
Also: Donaldson reiterates DUP threat to collapse Stormont; and Jack comes out swinging for North Sea oil.
There is a willingness to give the new Cabinet a chance, but nervousness about the country’s economic prospects and the Party’s strategic direction.
And Wallace is up from ninth to fourth. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary are both in the bottom ten.
And Williamson’s negative rating halves in the wake of his intervention in the Batley Mohammed cartoons row.
The Scottish Conservative leader calls for devolution from Holyrood to local councils, and says he is looking forward to campaigning with Boris Johnson.
Also: Downing Street shakes up the Union Unit as it goes on the attack over the SNP’s botched handling of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
The Brexit deal bounce in our final survey of last year has left little room for a vaccine bounce in the first survey of this one.
The recent bias in Downing Street against putting the Work and Pensions Secretary up for press conferences and big media shows is inexplicable.
Johnson is up to ninth from fifth from bottom, Gove jumps up to near the top quarter, Hancock is clearer from the relegation zone – and Truss stays top.