Ballot factors to Liz Truss’s widespread favoritism to succeed Boris Johnson at Downing Road
- August 19, 2022
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Truss has a 32-point lead over rival Rishi Sunak in the dispute
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss is the favorite to take over as prime minister of the United Kingdomreplacing Boris Johnson, according to a survey published on Thursday (18).
Truss has a 32-point lead over his rival in the race, former finance minister Rishi Sunak: 66% of Conservative Party members support it and only 34% intend to vote for Sunak, according to a YouGov/Sky News poll, which does not consider the 13% who declared themselves undecided.
Two weeks ago, a YouGov/The Times poll showed a 38-point lead.
Several debates, some tense, have been organized in recent weeks between the two candidates to succeed Boris Johnson, in a particularly difficult economic and social context, with inflation exceeding 10% at an annual pace and strikes in various sectors due to the collapse of purchasing power. of the population.
Boris Johnson was forced to resign on July 7 after more than 50 government officials resigned, tired of the resigning prime minister’s scandals and lies.
The Conservative Party’s 200,000 members vote by mail or online to designate who will succeed them as party leader and therefore head of government.
Almost 57% of party members (mostly men, whites, older) say they have already voted and another 38% reported that they have not yet registered their vote. Liz Truss, 47, on the right of the party and who considers herself a pupil of Margaret Thatcher, has a 37-point lead among those who have already voted (68% against 31% for Sunak).
The poll, which surveyed 1,089 party members, shows that the two candidates remain less popular than Boris Johnson, who if he were in the race would receive 46% of the party members’ votes, against 24% for Truss and 23% for Sunak.