In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s popularity has taken a substantial hit, with 70% of respondents expressing an unfavorable opinion of the premier. The poll indicates a significant decline in Sunak’s net favorability rating, dropping by 10 points since late November and currently standing at minus 49—the lowest score recorded since he assumed office in October of the previous year.
The survey reveals that 56% of 2019 Tory voters hold a negative view of Sunak, while 40% maintain a positive perspective. Although this negative sentiment is comparable to the final months of Boris Johnson’s tenure, it remains higher than that of Liz Truss. The decline in Sunak’s approval comes at a time when the opposition Labour Party is reportedly ahead in the polls.
One of the primary challenges contributing to Sunak’s declining popularity is an internal party dispute regarding the prime minister’s flagship policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. The controversy has stirred disagreement within the Conservative Party, with Tory MP Philip Davies emphasizing the party’s unity in wanting to combat illegal immigration. However, opinions vary on the effectiveness of the proposed Rwanda Bill.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper commented on Sunak’s approach, stating, “All Conservative MPs want to deal with this. We’ll continue listening to colleagues if colleagues have got ideas about how to strengthen the Bill and improve it consistent with international law and with keeping Rwanda onside, who’ve made it clear that they want us to stick with international law.”
As Sunak grapples with policy challenges and an apparent erosion of public support, the survey underscores the complex political landscape he faces in restoring the image of the Conservative Party and addressing pressing issues like immigration.
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