Voters believe Boris Johnson is “irresponsible”, “untrustworthy”, “self-serving” and a “buffoon”, a poll revealed tonight.
A survey of 1,703 people showed 39% branded him a buffoon, 31% untrustworthy, 29% self-serving and 26% irresponsible.
Mr Johnson’s hero is wartime leader Winston Churchill – but just 4% of those polled picked “Churchillian” as one of three words to describe the No10 hopeful.
Two-per-cent of those quizzed by YouGov for the Hope Not Hate campaign and the anti-Brexit Best for Britain group chose “statesman-like”, 2% opted for “diplomatic”, 9% chose “racist” and 8% “womaniser”.
The findings are a fresh dent to Mr Johnson’s bid for Downing Street after he was blasted for failing to stand up to Donald Trump in a row over Britain’s ambassador to the US.
The survey comes as 160,000 Conservative members choose between Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as their next leader and Britain’s new Prime Minister.
Best for Britain chief Naomi Smith said: “These results show that the country is anti-Boris Johnson – and that’s no surprise.
“In one fell swoop this week he made us look like cowards to the US and idiots to Europe.
“It’s disgraceful that a tiny fraction of the population will be forcing this buffoon on the rest of us.”
Mr Johnson has repeatedly vowed to keep no-deal on the table during Brexit negotiations with Brussels.
But he insists quitting with an agreement is not his favoured option.
The poll showed voters rejected leaving the EU with no-deal by 45% to 40% – but Conservative voters want a no-deal exit by 68% to 20%.
Only 34% of Tory supporters think Mr Johnson could strike a better pact with Brussels than Theresa May managed, compared with 58% who think he cannot.
Hope Not Hate chief Nick Lowles said: “ Boris Johnson has hinted at a no-deal Brexit which most voters oppose but which his own base craves.
“At the same time, few people have confidence he can negotiate a better deal from Brussels.
“A no-deal Brexit would have a devastating impact on communities already struggling, but Boris Johnson has little room for manoeuvre because of his posturing during the last few months.
“What Britain needs is for the politicians to come together and work out a process that can bring the country together, and ultimately giving the final say to the voters.”
Other findings in the survey showed that, if forced to choose between various options, 39% of voters would want to leave the EU while 38% would prefer an end to austerity.