By Politics.co.uk staff
A crisis of legitimacy over the make-up of the next government appears to be looming as a new poll reveals half of the public don’t understand how the constitution works.
A survey of 1,003 British adults by ComRes for Newsnight has found a majority think the next prime minister should be determined, in the event of a hung parliament, by whichever controls the largest party in the Commons.
Only 34% agreed with the statement that the next PM should be the leader “who can form a partnership of the largest number of MPs including those from smaller parties”, compared to 55% who believe it should be the leader of the party with the most MPs.
The latter view is at odds with the UK constitution, which determines that the prime minister is the man or woman who can command a majority in the Commons – regardless of whether or not theirs is the largest party in parliament.
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