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Most voters think Sunak is doing a bad job on his priorities – poll

04 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during the Conservative Party annual conference at the Manchester Central convention complex. Photo Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A majority of people public think Rishi Sunak is doing a bad job delivering on his priorities as the Prime Minister prepares to address his party’s annual conference.

Mr Sunak began the year setting out five priorities of halving inflation, growing the economy, cutting government debt, shortening NHS waiting lists and “stopping the boats”.

In a poll of 1,000 British adults, Ipsos UK found widespread dissatisfaction with the Prime Minister’s performance on all five priorities.

Dissatisfaction had also grown across the five policy areas since the pollster last asked about them in May.

Inflation

On halving inflation, 57% said they thought Mr Sunak was doing a bad job, compared to 55% who said the same in May. Only 14% said they thought he was doing a good job, down from 17%.

Some 54% said he was doing a bad job on growing the economy, up from 50%, while 54% said he was doing a bad job on reducing the national debt, up from 49%.

On cutting NHS waiting lists, dissatisfaction has soared with 71% saying the Prime Minister is doing a bad job, compared to 62% in May, while almost two-thirds said he was doing a bad job on stopping small boats crossing the Channel.

Ipsos director of politics Keiran Pedley said: “These numbers reflect the scale of the challenge Rishi Sunak faces to turn the Conservatives fortunes around.

“Earlier this year he made five key pledges and invited the public to judge him on his success. However, right now, not only do the public not think his government is delivering but they tend to think it is doing worst on the issues of most importance to them.”

The poll, carried out between September 22 and 26 just before the start of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, found Mr Sunak’s personal unfavourability rating had reached its highest level yet.

Some 52% of people said they had an unfavourable view of the Prime Minister, compared to 24% who said they had a favourable view.

The public also had an unfavourable view of Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, with 42% saying they were unfavourable towards him and 28% saying they were favourable.

The poll comes as Mr Sunak prepares to deliver his first leader’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference after a week in which backbenchers have argued over tax cuts and he has faced pressure to confirm whether the Manchester leg of HS2 will be scrapped.

He is expected to pledge to focus on “long-term success” rather than “short-term advantage”, arguing “vested interests” have been “standing in the way of change” for 30 years.


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Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

His 5 pledges were chosen to try yo win an election and not better the UK. Probably the result of a brain storming session and polling the usual suspects. He is allowing ministers to speak a load of hate, he is allowing them to make up issues that don’t exist such as 15 minute towns and meat taxes. His office approves the speeches at conference. This is is desperate man but why is he in post, he lost to a PM that lost to a lettuce and got in cos she tanked a nation. Farage is swanning around his conference,… Read more »

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

Ah, Home Sec now spouting more hate I see. He does not temper the language, he approves the speeches. Germany 1936.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Modi Boy seeks to cow the public with his Bully XL…

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

He isn’t doing a bad job on his prorities at all, he is happily doing the bidding of these who fund him and his families wealth. But he is doing an awful job as PM. He is a joke. Environmental policy is pathetic. Has zero ideas to stimulate the economy and is still in denial of the brexit hell. He moved inflation from punishing all to just those with mortgages and debt. Now HS2 he should just be honest. It was a Cameron ploy to stop people looking at their pocket hit by austerity. Just one of the many bad… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Which priorities ? – The fake list he shoved out for public consumption or the real priority – getting reelected by deceit ? The fact that he’s now circling a big plug hole has prompted the reappraisal of HS2 but he should have done that when he was at No 11.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

And get back the £200 million the Taxman nicked off his Mrs, plus showing his father-in-law what a good Modi Boy he is by dropping a billion or two Infosys’ way…how’s the Russia side of the business doing Rish ? The 800,000 new arrivals doing ok ?

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