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10% of Britons are positive about Truss' work as prime minister

19 October 2022
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10% of Britons are positive about Truss' work as prime minister

Liz Truss's rating

British Prime Minister Liz Truss continues to lose support among voters. A YouGov poll published on Tuesday shows that only 10% of the UK population is now positive about her performance, down 5pc from a week ago.

Meanwhile, 80% of those surveyed disapproved of the government's course, with the rest unable to give a clear answer.

Truss's rating is currently at a lower level than that of the new head of the UK Treasury, Jeremy Hunt, who was appointed on October 14 and is supported by 17% of Britons. In addition, more voters have a positive view of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson (29%) and former finance minister Rishi Sunak (34%), who fought Truss for the Downing Street seat. Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, has a 41% support rating.

The sharp fall in popularity of Truss is due to the fact that the stock and bond markets of the kingdom extremely painfully reacted to the economic program submitted by her government to a massive tax cuts, and the pound at one point fell to a record low, almost equal to the dollar.

By now, five ruling Conservative Party MPs have already publicly called for Truss to resign in light of the announced tax reform plan, which the prime minister eventually had to abandon almost entirely.

The Daily Mail had earlier reported that Tory MPs could squarely raise the need for a party vote of confidence in Truss as early as this week, despite her being technically immune from such a vote in her first year as prime minister.

Many media outlets are reporting that the number of Tory MPs demanding the prime minister's resignation may in fact be as high as 100. At the same time, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday that members of parliamentary committee 1922, which determines the rules for electing the Conservative leader and removing him from office, have no intention yet of revising party rules to initiate a vote of no confidence.

However, Liz Truss said in an interview with the BBC Broadcasting Corporation on Monday night that she would not resign, despite calls from a number of fellow party members. She also expressed confidence that she would lead the Conservative Party into the next parliamentary elections, which are due by the end of 2024. At the same time, the head of government apologised to Britons for her rash actions on the economy.

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