New poll puts Tories at just 19 percent – the same as the day Liz Truss resigned

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Rishi Sunak has plunged the Tories’ poll ratings below 20 percent for the first time since Liz Truss announced her intention to resign as Prime Minister last October.

A new poll by People Polling, for GB News, found just 19 percent of the public now say they will vote for the Conservatives at the next general election.

Labour, by contrast, has opened up a 30 point lead with 49 percent support.

PeoplePolling, a member of the official British Polling Council, asked 1,581 UK adults how they would vote and was conducted today, just one day after Mr Sunak carried out a large Cabinet reshuffle in the hope of resetting his party’s fortunes.

The last time the Tories polled at 19 percent was on October 20 last year, the day Liz Truss stood outside No. 10 Downing Street and threw in the towel.

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She was replaced with Rishi Sunak whom Tory MPs believed would be able to revive their polling fortunes.

The poll also gives a major boost to Reform UK, formerly the Brexit Party, who have leapfrogged into third place on 11 percent.

They are now outpolling the Lib Dems and the Greens, who garnered nine and seven percent support respectively.

It also found that while a majority of voters – 51 percent – supported Mr Sunak’s decision to sack Suella Braverman, only a minority of 2019 Conservative voters backed his decision.

Speaking about the poll’s findings, People Polling’s Matthew Goodwin said that the results show “a majority of people think Rishi Sunak was right to sack Suella Braverman” but that “only a minority of 2019 Conservatives do”.

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He said the finding suggests the Prime Minister “is not in touch with the voters he needs to win back”.

The poll also found voters still back the Government’s Rwanda scheme, with 40 percent saying they want it to go ahead to 32 percent opposing it.

Mr Goodwin commented: “If you also look at the question on Rwanda, ahead of the crucial judgment on Rwanda, more voters back the Rwanda scheme than oppose it. And large majorities of 2019 Conservatives do, underlining how much they support this policy and how much they want to see a dramatic change on the Rwanda policy.

“In terms of the positioning of the parties, we have the Conservatives on just 19%. We have the Labour Party once again holding a commanding lead which is more than enough than what it requires to win a majority of the next election.

“It appears that Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party remain in a position of dominance while Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives remain way behind in the national polling.

“One of Rishi Sunak’s next key problems is that he’s only attracting around half of the people who voted Conservative in 2019. And on the Conservative Party, only 11% of all voters nationally think the Conservative Party understands the concerns of people like them. This is only about one in 10 voters – which shows just how out of touch the party’s become.

“And crucially, only 27% of conservative voters think the party understands the concerns of people like them, once again reflecting the enormous philosophical and ideological dilemma that the Conservative Party is in today.”

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