Blow for Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss as new poll shows the public think NEITHER would be a better prime minister than Keir Starmer – and fare no better against Labour leader than Boris Johnson
- New polling finds neither Tory contender is more popular than Boris Johnson
- Neither beat PM’s score when pitched against Sir Keir Starmer in head-to-head
- But survey finds Liz Truss more popular than Rishi Sunak among Tory voters only
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have both been dealt a blow after it was found neither Tory contender is more popular than Boris Johnson when pitched against Sir Keir Starmer.
New polling revealed, in a head-to-head against the Labour leader, Mr Johnson was backed as the best prime minister by 28% of voters.
The YouGov survey for The Times found Ms Truss, who is the favourite to succeed Mr Johnson, would not provide a boost for Tory support against Sir Keir.
The Foreign Secretary also polled at 28% when pitched against the Labour leader, who was backed by 31% of voters as the best PM.
Mr Sunak did slightly worse in a head-to-head against Sir Keir, with 27% backing the ex-chancellor when asked who would make the best PM.
Sir Keir was again backed by 31% of voters when they were asked to choose between the Labour leader and Mr Sunak.
The YouGov survey for The Times found Liz Truss, who is the favourite to succeed Boris Johnson, would not provide a boost for Tory support against Sir Keir Starmer
Mr Sunak did slightly worse in a head-to-head against the Labour leader, with 27% backing the ex-chancellor when asked who would make the best PM
In a head-to-head against Sir Keir, Mr Johnson was backed as the best PM by 28% of voters in the polling for The Times
Ms Truss and Mr Sunak are continuing to battle it out to be chosen as the next Conservative leader in a ballot of the Tory membership.
One of them will be declared the victor – and Britain’s next PM – on 5th September.
The YouGov poll has served a warning that whoever wins the contest will face an immediate battle to convince the wider electorate they are a better prospect than Mr Johnson.
The survey found, among swing voters who backed the Tories in 2019, 62% still support Mr Johnson against Sir Keir.
This compares with 59% for Ms Truss and 55% for Mr Sunak.
But the poll revealed how Ms Truss appears to be more popular among Tory voters than Mr Sunak.
When asked who would make the better PM between the Tory contenders, 41% of those who voted Conservative in 2019 backed Ms Truss, with 26% backing Mr Sunak.
Yet, among all voters, Ms Truss and Mr Sunak are tied on 24% support each when it was asked who would make the best PM – although a large number were undecided.
Almost half (49%) of all voters were not sure who would make the best PM between the Foreign Secretary and ex-chancellor.
YouGov polled 1,968 people between 4th to 5th August.
Amid increasingly bitter exchanges between Ms Truss and Mr Sunak over their approach to the cost-of-living crisis, the same poll found that two-thirds (64 per cent) of voters believe inflation should be the new PM’s main priority.
Just 17 per cent said they should focus on tax cuts.
Ms Truss has pledged to cut National Insurance and green levies on energy bills within days of taking power.
But Mr Sunak has accused his rival of ‘starry-eyes boosterism’ and vowed to only cut taxes once inflation is under control.
The Foreign Secretary’s camp hit back and branded the ex-chancellor the ‘founding father of a recession’.
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