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Sunak boost for Tories but poll still suggests they will lose next general election

14 Nov 2022 2 minute read
Rishi Sunak. Photo Victoria Jones PA Images

Rishi Sunak’s early days as Prime Minister boosted confidence in the Conservatives, but most still expect the party to lose the next election, according to a poll.

The Ipsos poll found 34% of people had confidence in Mr Sunak’s long-term economic plan – twice the number that thought the same about Liz Truss.

Some 38% of people also said they expected Mr Sunak to do a good job as Prime Minister, slightly more than the 36% who thought the same about Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, whose ratings have fallen since Ms Truss’s resignation.

Less hostile

Ipsos director of politics Keiran Pedley said the numbers showed “some signs of encouragement” for Mr Sunak, adding: “The public are less hostile to the Conservatives’ economic plans than they were under Liz Truss and there is little to choose between Sunak and Starmer on who the public think would make a good Prime Minister.”

However, the poll of 1,000 adults carried out at the start of November – but before the resignation of Gavin Williamson – was not universally positive for Mr Sunak.

More than half of people said they were not confident that the Conservatives had a good long-term economic plan or could provide the country with strong and stable leadership.

Only 27% of people thought Mr Sunak was likely to win the next general election while 46% of people thought Sir Keir would be prime minister – up from 28% at the beginning of the year.

Sir Keir’s Labour Party also led Mr Sunak’s Conservatives on 12 out of 14 policy areas including acting with integrity, improving public services and managing immigration. Mr Sunak’s party led on growing the economy, while the two were tied on having the right foreign policy.

Mr Pedley said: “There are still signs that the Conservative brand is in trouble, evidenced by the fact that a hypothetical Labour government under Starmer is seen as much more likely to deliver on public priorities around the cost of living and improving public services.”


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Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
16 days ago

And this is why democracy is pointless. What has Rishi Rich done since becoming the appointed (unelected) PM of the disUK? He was the chancellor that caused ALL of the conditions which crashed the economy (KamiKwase was not in role long enough to be the sole cause of it). And now 1/3 of the population think he will be a good Prime Minister apropos of nothing? Worst finances for over 40 years, viscerally split nation, increased hate crime, unaffordable fuel and heating, empty shelves in many shops, scapegoating defenceless minority groups and removing their legally enshrined protected status, sending refugees… Read more »

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
16 days ago

It would seem that “The Great British Public” really do not keep their ears to the ground when it comes to the activities and intentions of the Tory Party. The 99% organisation has done a nice summary report on how the Tory’s Rights Removal Bill that is about to be steered through Parliament by the Bully, Dominic Raab will trash Human Rights in the UK. It also outlines how the Market Fundamentalists, of whom Sunak, Raab and the majority of the Cabinet are supporters, view the whole issue of Human Rights. [https://99-percent.org/a-renewed-assault-on-our-human-rights/] Those of us who are more political anoraks… Read more »

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