Liz Truss Ahead In Race For Next UK PM With Commanding Lead Over Rishi Sunak

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London: With a commanding lead of 22 points over British-Indian ex-minister Rishi Sunak in the race to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Tory leader, foreign secretary Liz Truss enjoys an advantage and more probability to emerge as the winner in the race. This is the result of an exclusive poll of party members for The Observer. According to The Guardian, as the date for voting, i.e., September 2 is approaching, the survey by Opinium of 570 Conservative members puts Liz Truss on 61 per cent and Rishi Sunak on 39 per cent.Also Read – As Britain Reels Under Heatwave, PM Candidate Rishi Sunak Plans 200 Pound Cut To Energy Bills

Truss’ lead is, however, less in some other recent polls of the Tory electorate, possibly suggesting that Sunak may have closed the gap in recent days. Liz Truss has come under increasing pressure over her refusal to back what she describes as “handouts” to help people with their energy bills, and was heavily criticized for a U-turn over pay rises for public sector workers outside London and the south-east of England. Also Read – CWG 2022: Aussie Swimmer Emma McKeon Has Won More Gold Than 56 Countries

The Guardian reported that Opinium’s detailed questioning also uncovers a striking lack of enthusiasm for either candidate when members are asked whether they would prefer one of them to Boris Johnson to run the party and country. Also Read – I’m Organised, She’s Spontaneous: Rishi Sunak on Marriage to Akshata Murty | Excerpts From Interview

Opinium asked members what the main single reason was that they backed one of the two candidates. For Sunak the most cited reason was that he would be better at managing the economy (22 per cent), while 10 per cent said they regarded him as the most competent or intelligent.

The main reason mentioned by people who backed Truss was dislike of Sunak (14 per cent). The same proportion (14 per cent) said the foreign secretary was more honest and trustworthy, while 10 per cent chose the fact that she had remained loyal to Johnson and not called on him to resign. About 2 per cent of Tory members cited race or ethnicity as a reason for supporting Truss and not Sunak.

Chris Curtis of Opinium said that despite an apparent growing nostalgia among Tory members for Johnson – and a less than an ecstatic response to either of the candidates bidding to replace him – it was now hard to see how Truss could fail to become the next prime minister, The Guardian reported.

“From the moment we knew the final two candidates, it has been clear that Truss has had all the momentum, and our latest poll sets out just how large her lead among the party members has become,” he said.

(With agency inputs)

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