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Conservatives trail by 15pts ahead of Sunak and Hunt’s first Budget

by LLB political Reporter
15th Mar 23 11:39 am

Labour have a 15pt voting intention lead over the Conservative Party, according to the latest polling from Savanta.

The poll, conducted over the weekend (10-12 March), shows Labour on 45% of the vote and the Conservatives on 30%, the former up two points from the previous week, and the latter down two points.

The poll also assesses which of the two party leaders would make the best Prime Minister. Rishi Sunak leads Keir Starmer for the third successive poll, this time by only one point (38% Sunak vs 37% Starmer). Starmer has tied Sunak (37% apiece, December) but hasn’t led Savanta’s best PM rating since Liz Truss was Prime Minister.

Both politician’s net favourability, however, has increased since February, with Starmer up six points to -1, and Sunak up three points to -8. On the day he delivers his first Budget, Jeremy Hunt’s favourability rating rises five points to -21, but is lower than his fellow holders of great offices of state James Cleverly (-13) and Suella Braverman (-19).

Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta said, “While this Labour lead is still one of the lower ones across the polling industry at the moment, there has been some sustained movement towards the Conservatives in recent weeks which could continue after today’s Budget (15 March).”

“The key questions for pollsters now is to try to determine to what extent the Conservative’s brand is already dead, or whether the pragmatism shown by Sunak and Hunt so far can resuscitate it.

“Fifteen points is not an unassailable Labour lead, and while Starmer’s party still holds the upper hand, their reliance on Conservative incompetence has possibly expired with plenty of time before the next election for the Conservatives to continue to close the gap.”

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