Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is 22 percentage points ahead of her rival Rishi Sunak in the race to become the country’s next prime minister, a poll of Conservative Party members by Opinium Research showed on Saturday.
In a sample of 450 of the party’s members who decided how they would vote in the ongoing leadership election, the truce, which has been clearly visible in other elections as well, at 61%, with former finance minister Mr. Sunak At 39%, Opinium said. ,
Nearly 200,000 members of ruling conservatives are voting to decide on a replacement for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who after a series of scandals and a parliamentary revolt said in July he would step down after the party chose a replacement.
The total sample size, including those who did not express a voting preference, was 570. Less than a third of them, 29% said they had already voted and 47% said they had made up their mind. Only 19% said they could still change their mind.
The lead vote is taking place by postal ballot with the winner being announced on 5 September. Voting was held between August 8 and August 12.
The poll shows that the top three reasons for supporting Ms Truss were a dislike of Mr Sunak, the belief that she was more trustworthy, and that she remained loyal to Mr Johnson. Mr Sunak’s resignation helped trigger Mr Johnson’s downfall.
Mr Sunak’s supporters said he was better on the economy and the most capable or intelligent of the two candidates.
The pollster said he has seen ‘Johnson nostalgia’ among party members, pointing out that 63% would remain in charge instead of Johnson taking over as Ms Truss. The preference for Mr Johnson over Mr Sunak was even stronger at 68%.
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