Liz Truss leads race to become Britain’s next prime minister: poll of party members

British Prime Minister Race: Liz Truss is 22 percentage points ahead of her rival Rishi Sunak. (File)


British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is 22 percentage points ahead of her rival Rishi Sunak in the battle for the country’s next prime minister, a poll of Conservative Party members by Opinium Research showed on Saturday.

Among a sample of 450 party members who had decided how they would vote in the pending leadership election, Truss, who other polls have also shown is the clear frontrunner, at 61%, with former finance minister Mr Sunak at 39. %, Opinium said. .

The roughly 200,000 members of the ruling Conservatives vote to decide on a replacement for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who after a string of scandals and a parliamentary uprising in July said he would step down once the party elects a replacement.

The total sample size, including those who had no voting preference, was 570. Less than a third of them, 29%, said they had already voted and another 47% said they had made a decision. Only 19% said they might change their mind.

Voting for leadership will take place by mail, with the winner announced on September 5. The poll was held between August 8 and August 12.

The poll found that the top three reasons for supporting Ms. Truss were dislike of Mr. Sunak, the perception that she was more trustworthy, and that she had remained loyal to Mr. Johnson. Mr. Sunak’s resignation has led to Mr. Johnson’s downfall.

Sunak’s supporters said he was economically superior and the more competent or intelligent of the two candidates.

The poll said they had observed “Johnson nostalgia” among party members, pointing to a finding that 63% would have preferred Johnson to remain in charge rather than Mrs Truss taking over. The preference for Mr Johnson over Mr Sunak was even stronger at 68%.

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