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Rishi Sunak Says His ‘Plan is Working’ But Voters Don’t Believe Him

In the wake of recession and two massive by-election defeats, an exclusive new poll for Byline Times suggests three quarters of voters don’t believe the PM’s claim to be turning the economy around

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Three quarters of voters do not believe Rishi Sunak’s claim that his “plan is working” for fixing the UK economy, findings from a damning new poll for Byline Times suggest.

The British economy entered recession at the end of last year, according to official figures published earlier this week.

The figures revealed that the UK has gone through its longest period without economic growth per capita since the 1950s.

In the wake of two massive by-election defeats on Friday morning, the Prime Minister again insisted to reporters that “our plan is working” and he can “give everyone the peace of mind that there is a better future for them and their families”.

However, a new poll conducted this week for this paper by pollsters We Think found that 73% of all those surveyed do not agree that the Prime Minister’s plan is working, with even one-in-three Conservative voters disagreeing with his claim.

The poll also suggests that voters have little faith in the ability of the Prime Minister to provide the “better future” for them and their families that he promised this morning.

Asked which of the two main parties would be most likely to make them personally financially better off, just 26% of those surveyed picked the Conservatives, compared to 48% who picked Labour instead.

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The findings come after a tumultuous week for the Labour Party following revelations about antisemitic comments made by its candidate in the upcoming Rochdale by-election. Keir Starmer was accused of failing to act quickly enough in the wake of the revelations, before ultimately disowning his candidate.

However, while the Conservatives have sought to use the row as further evidence that Starmer is a “flip-flopper”, our poll reveals that voters are actually marginally more likely to see the Prime Minister in these terms than the Labour leader.

Asked whether they saw Sunak as more of a flip-flopper that decisive, 64% of voters picked the former over the latter. This is actually slightly more than the 61% who said the same of the Labour leader.

Voters were more split on the subject of Starmer’s decision to abandon his £28 billion green growth plan, with 54% saying it was the right decision compared to 46% who disagreed.

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We Think also asked for the public’s overall view of recent Prime Ministers since Margaret Thatcher and the findings suggest that voters’ are least enamoured with the most recent occupants of Downing Street.

Among all those surveyed Liz Truss came top with 34% saying she was the worst PM of all those listed, followed by Boris Johnson on 22% and Rishi Sunak on 13%. The three most recent PMs were followed by Thatcher on 10%, Tony Blair on 8%, Theresa May on 6%, Gordon Brown on 4% and David Cameron on 3%.

Asked which was the best of the listed Prime Ministers, Thatcher came top with 24%, followed by Tony Blair on 21%. However, despite being picked as the second worst prime minister, Boris Johnson was also listed as the overall third best by those surveyed, showing how polarised opinions are about the former PM.

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