Liz Truss becomes UK’s new prime minister as Boris Johnson leaves: live updates

A new opinion poll could be an uncomfortable reading for Liz Truss as she prepares for her first day as Britain’s prime minister.

The poll found that most Britons want him to call a general election almost immediately, rather than wait for the current parliamentary term, which can last up to two years.

Six in ten said they want a chance to vote this year, according to a survey by Sawant Comers, which was held before Truss was officially announced as the winner of the Conservative leadership contest on Monday.

Half of the public said a truss could not unite the country, while just 18% said it could. Meanwhile, only 18% said they had a favorable view of the truss because it was ready to take the job; 44% said they view him unfavorably.

The margin of error in the survey is plus or minus two percentage points.

Conservatives’ poll numbers have been falling for several months and show little sign of improvement under Truss’s leadership, although previous prime ministers have enjoyed a boom in opinion polls after taking the job.

In her first speech as Tory leader, Truss indicated that she was preparing to contest “in two years” – in other words, the end of the current parliament, as leaders usually do.

But she could choose to hold mid-term elections at any time. The prospect of an economically dire 2023, and current polling suggesting anything from a narrow Labor victory to a comfortable Labor majority, may well be weighing on his mind.

Chris Hopkins, director of political research at Savanta Comres, said in a press release, “This survey illustrates the enormous task that awaits the new prime minister.”

“Not only does he have one of the most troublesome in-tres that any incoming PM has had after the war, he has the power to heal the wounds caused by a fierce leadership election and unify his party at the same time. going to do something.”

The company interviewed 2,301 British adults between 2 and 4 September.

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