Nearly two-thirds of British voters believe Gordon Brown should stand down and clear the way for a new prime minister, a new poll has revealed.
The YouGov survey for The Sunday Times found 62 believe believe Brown should have accepted defeat on Friday after it became clear Labour is no longer the largest party in the House of Commons.
Some 28 percent said he was right to hang on in case the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are unable to reach agreement on collaboration.
Just under half (48 percent) of those questioned said the new government should be led by the Conservatives - either in a minority administration or at the head of a coalition.
That is against 31 percent in favor of a Labour/Lib Dem alliance of some form.
The poll also showed strong support (62 percent) for a move to a more proportional system of voting for Westminster elections instead of the current first-past-the-post.
Just 13 percent want to stick with the existing arrangements, which have produced the hung parliament.
In another survey, by OnePoll for The People newspaper, 59 percent wanted to ditch first-past-the-post and introduce PR, with 30 percent against.
:: YouGov interviewed 1,406 adults online for the Sunday Times.
:: OnePoll questioned 3,000 adults for The People.
Both polls were conducted on May 7 and May 8 after the bulk of results of the election had been announced.