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Liz Truss’s victory in the leadership election has not given her party the bounce it hoped for in the polls. The weekly Techne UK/ Express.co.uk has revealed that the Conservative support went up just two points in her first week as Prime Minister while more voters are pessimistic about her than are optimistic.
The poll of 1,624 voters was taken on September 7 and 8 before Queen Elizabeth II’s death when politics was essentially suspended in the UK.
But it followed weeks of a brutal Tory leadership election where Ms Truss’s opponent, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak claimed her economic policy to cut taxes was “immoral” and would fuel inflation.
The Techne UK poll suggested that the exchange of attacks over the summer has been damaging.
It showed that 37 percent were either very optimistic or quite optimistic about her premiership.
Meanwhile, 45 percent were pessimistic or very pessimistic about Ms Truss as Prime Minister.
Techne chief executive Michela Morizzo said: “These are clearly early days for Liz Truss and her newly formed Government. The tracker poll, which was completed just before the significant energy intervention was made by Government last week Thursday, shows at that time people had had little chance to form an opinion of the Truss leadership.
“Of course, since then, with the very sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II all political activities have quite rightly been suspended out of great respect for the late monarch.”
Ms Truss does seem to have won over Leave voters from 2016 with 50 percent expressing confidence in her and she is impressing pensioners with 40 percent expressing confidence.
While 51 percent of Conservative voters from 2019 are quite optimistic about her less than one in five (17 percent) were willing to say they were very optimistic.
The tracker poll put Labour ahead with 42 percent (no change) and the Conservatives up two to 34 percent but still eight points behind.
According to the electoral Calculus predictive site, this would give Sir Keir Starmer and Labour an eight-seat majority if there were an election next week.
However, the figures were based on those who know how they would vote but the poll also revealed there are a lot of voters still available to win over.
Techne UK revealed that 22 percent, more than one in five, are uncertain and yet to make up their mind on how they would vote.
The Tories also lead in the category of voters who are most likely to turn out at the polls – pensioners – with 42 percent to 41 percent.
Leave voters also overwhelmingly back the Conservatives with 55 percent but Remain voters are moving away from them with 55 percent supporting Labour.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who was also once deputy chairman, said: “Liz Truss must be given the opportunity to succeed.
“We need to see how she deals with issues like energy bills and supply and if she has the courage to do what she says she wants to do.”
Tory MPs also believe that the new energy policy which was being announced as the poll was taken as well as a strong first Prime Minister’s Questions will convert into confidence for Ms Truss.
One said: “She has calmed a lot of nerves in the parliamentary party and she has already shown that she has the confidence to stand up for what she believes in.
“We now have to land the energy policy properly and that will make a big difference.”
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