Tory members’ ballot an ‘undemocratic’ way to choose next PM, say voters

Tory members’ ballot an ‘undemocratic’ way to choose next PM, say voters
独家的: 一些 41 per cent of voters not unhappy with way next PM is being chosen, 民意调查发现

Almost half the country believes the power of Conservative party members to pick the next prime minister is “undemocratic”, a new poll for 独立 找到了.

一些 41 per cent of voters believe the process – decided by around 160,000 Tory members – is not a democratic way of selecting 鲍里斯·约翰逊’s successor, according to the Savanta ComRes survey.

仅有的 38 per cent believe the members’ ballot, which will see either 丽兹桁架 或者 里希·苏纳克 take charge at No 10 in early September, is a democratic way for Britain to choose its political leader.

Only three former leaders – Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and David Cameron – have become prime minister by winning a general election since 1979.

Savanta’s poll also found that Ms Truss is well-placed to become the fifth prime minister since 1979 to take over at Downing Street following an internal party battle.

Ms Truss is the favoured choice as the next PM among 49 per cent of Tory voters, compared to Mr Sunak on only 25 百分. 一些 25 per cent of the party’s voters are undecided.

Despite Mr Sunak’s pitch as the candidate most likely to win the next election, the Savanta poll suggests the foreign secretary is also more favoured by the wider public.

一些 32 per cent of all voters would prefer it if Ms Truss wins the Tory contest and becomes PM, 结束 26 per cent preferring Mr Sunak.

Strikingly, there is evidence of regret about Mr Johnson’s political demise. If the caretaker PM were running as a candidate, 46 per cent of Tory voters would prefer he won, compared to only 24 per cent for Ms Truss and 16 per for Mr Sunak.

The poll suggests the public would also prefer it if Mr Johnson stayed on at No 10, despite widespread outrage over the 派对之门 scandal and his declining popularity in surveys during his final months before his resignation.

If he was standing again, 26 per cent of voters would rather Mr Johnson won, compared to only 22 per cent for Mr Sunak and 19 per cent for Ms Truss.

The results indicate little enthusiasm for Ms Truss or Mr Sunak. The six-week slog between the final two candidates has played out amid growing fears over the 生活成本, with annual bills energy forecast to top £3,500 from October.

Mr Sunak has ramped up his promises to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, 告诉 时代 he is prepared to find up to £10bn of extra support to ease the pain of soaring bills. 桁架女士, who has prioritised tax cuts, has yet to commit to any further “handouts” – but said she would consider more support at an emergency budget.

More than half of Britons (55 百分) believe an organised campaign of non-payment of energy bills is justified, according to the Savanta poll for 独立.

And almost half (44 百分) fear that there will be riots if consumers are given no further help.

This week’s survey found that 7 per cent of consumers say they have already refused to pay their bills in full, 和进一步 19 per cent are considering doing so.

Savanta questioned 2,239 adults in the UK on 6 和 7 八月