Liz Truss is now more unpopular with the British public than Boris Johnson ever was
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After spending just over a month as British Prime Minister, Liz Truss is already more unpopular with the public than Boris Johnson ever was.
She assumed office in less than favourable circumstances, and the first few months in the top job has been nothing short of chaotic. So, there’s no surprise the British public has already had enough.
In a YouGov survey conducted between October 1 and 2, just 14 per cent of the public have a favourable impression of Truss.
This is compared to the 26 per cent who were in favour of the new Prime Minister in a survey conducted in late September.
The dip in results reflects a tumultuous week where Ms Truss sparked a crisis of confidence after announcing a new economic policy.
In an attempt to cut £45 billion (AU$79 billion) in taxes, as well as announce plans to use government borrowings to cover that cut, investors and markets were sent into a tailspin.
She quickly announced a U-turn on the policy, but it seems the harm was already done.
Her favourability score has fallen by 28 points in less than a fortnight, seeing her sit at an incredibly low -59, according to YouGov.
In comparison, her predecessor Boris Johnson’s net favourability was at -53 when it was at its lowest in early July.
And we all know where he ended up.
She’s even worse off than Jeremy Corbyn at his lowest when he was sitting at a -55 score.
Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed see Ms Truss in an unfavourable light, with more than half (55 per cent) viewing her very unfavourably.
It also seems as though she’s taking the Conservative party down with her.
The party as a whole has a net favourability of -50, which is down from -33 in September’s poll.
Meanwhile, 60 per cent of Conservative voters have an unfavourable view of the 47-year-old compared to 30 per cent viewing her positively.
It’s not looking great when even her own party’s voters can’t seem to stand behind her.
Yesterday (October 5), she attempted to get her fellow Conservative party members back on her side at an annual conference in Birmingham.
She told the crowd: “We gather at a vital time for the United Kingdom.
"These are stormy days.
"In these tough times, we need to step up.
"I'm determined to get Britain moving, to get us through the tempest and to put us on a stronger footing."