Half (52%) of UK adults say that the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, was right to sack her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, according to a new snap poll from Savanta ComRes.
One in five (22%) say she made the wrong decision, while a quarter (26%) didn’t know. Those that say she made the right decision includes a majority (58%) of those that voted Conservative at the last election.
Despite the public backing Truss’ decision, it does not appear as though it’s bred any extra confidence in her premiership. Just 15% say the decision has given them more confidence in Truss, while two in five (44%) say the it gives them less confidence.
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The findings clearly indicate who the public blame for the UK’s current economic situation, with three in five (60%) saying that Truss and Kwarteng are equally to blame, and individually, Truss is blamed almost four times more than Kwarteng (24% vs 6%).
Seven in ten (71%) say that Truss cannot regain the trust of the British public, including two thirds (65%) of 2019 Conservative voters, and two in five (42%) think she will be ousted as leader of the Conservative Party this year, with a third (33%) saying it’ll be in 2023.
Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes said, “Just another normal day in UK politics finds the country under its fourth Chancellor in as many months following Truss’ sacking of Kwarteng.
“Although the public think it’s the right decision, they are not forgiving of the Prime Minister, and her moves today appear to have done little to improve her standing among public opinion, her own MPs, or the markets.”
“There seems very few places for Truss to go now. While she will try to ride it out, it increasingly feels like her removal is case of ‘when’ not ‘if’.
“However, given the Conservative poll ratings – our latest showed a 28pt Labour lead – her removal will only intensify calls for a General Election and for Conservative MPs, at the moment, that’s like turkeys voting for Christmas.”