Rishi Sunak faces voter fury after tax budget hike as Tories trail 22 points | Politics | New


The first poll after Jeremy Hunt’s budget yesterday found that more than half of voters disapprove of the measures. The exclusive Techne UK poll for Express.co.uk also saw the Tories drop a further three points behind Labor from 50% to 28%.

The survey of 1,624 voters conducted immediately after Mr Hunt quit yesterday showed 51 per cent said they disapproved of the budget while only around a third (35 per cent) backed the measures.

Even nearly half of pensioners (49%) disagreed despite Mr Hunt’s announcement that the triple-lock guarantee to raise pensions at the highest rate of inflation was still in place.

The only categories of voters who supported Mr. Sunak’s government initiatives were 2016 voters who backed them 53% to 38% and 2019 Conservative voters who backed them 67% to 28%.

But with income tax hikes, estate raids, capital gains increases, council tax hikes and other increases as well as spending cuts by 2028, the he somber mood among Tory MPs at yesterday’s announcement of the £54billion consolidation package was reflected in the reaction. public.

The poll also revealed that voters are ready to abandon Mr. Sunak’s government following what has been announced.

A Tory MP who had backed Mr Sunak’s leadership bid even admitted they were turning against the man who only became leader last month after Liz Truss was ousted for trying to bring in tax reductions.

The MP said: ‘That was not a fall statement, it was a surrender note!’

Another Conservative backbencher said: ‘Apparently I was elected as a Conservative MP to support a socialist government. Who knew?’

After Mr Sunak appeared to have started to turn the Tories around in his first three weeks by taking a 12 point lead over Labour, his party has now backtracked.

The Techne UK poll showed half now support Sir Keir Starmer’s party at 50% while the Tories have fallen to 28%, seeing Labour’s lead shrink from 19 points to 22.

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Should the result come in an election, Labor would have a record majority of 272 seats while the Conservatives would drop below 100 seats to 99 for the first time in their history, according to prediction site Electoral Calculus.

Mchela Morizzo, chief executive of Techne UK, said: “Our tracking poll this week, taken directly after the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, shows Labor has increased its share of the vote by one point to 50%.

“In contrast, the Conservatives once again fall below the critical 30% threshold by 2 points, now recording 28% of the national vote.

“There is no doubt that, although this is very bad news for the Tories, their loss of votes and the growth in the Labor polls is a direct result of the anxiety and concern of all voters over the very difficult times ahead economically.

“Even though the budget was full of a wide range of tax interventions, voters are reacting to their key understanding that they and their families are going to become much poorer due to these very difficult times.”


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Support for the Conservatives is particularly poor among those under 45, with 60% of 1-34 year olds and 56% of 34-44 year olds backing Labour.

The Conservatives are trailing in all categories, however, except for 2016 Leave voters who still support them 49% to 28%.

But the threat to Mr Sunak does not just come from Labour, with the right-wing pro-tax cut Reform Party led by Richard Tice also withdrawing its support.

A poll this week had them on eight percent.

And today Mr Tice launched a social media campaign aimed at Tories unhappy with the party’s ‘failed austerity’.


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