“The two most popular options are either leaving without a deal or having another referendum and changing our minds,” Britain’s leading polling expert, John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, said in an interview.
Among the public, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hunt are running neck and neck, according to the Ipsos/MORI, a widely respected pollster.
But Terry Grossman, 43, a member of the opposition Labour Party who lives in London, dismissed the Tory leadership contest as a “waste of time,” saying that it only made the prospect of leaving by the October deadline less realistic.
“The campaigning is a joke,” Mr. Grossman scoffed at a West London pub on Friday. “We are in the middle of a national crisis over Brexit and they are putting things like fox hunting back on the agenda to appeal to the few thousand elites who will vote for them.”
Betty Logan, a 34-year-old trainee nurse, also dismissed the leadership campaign as an exercise in futility.
“It took Theresa May three years to try and figure it out, and she failed,” said Ms. Logan, who added that she would consider moving abroad with her family if Britain left the European Union without a deal. “How on earth is a backtracking buffoon like Boris going to deliver this in three months? It’s not going to happen. We need another referendum.”
U.K. Voters’ Frustration High as 99% Are Sidelined in Prime Minister Election – The New York Times