The first poll after Jeremy Hunt’s Budget yesterday has revealed that more than half of voters disapprove of the measures. The exclusive Techne UK poll for Express.co.uk has has also seen the Tories fall a further three points behind Labour by 50 percent to 28 percent.
The survey of 1,624 voters taken immediately after Mr Hunt stepped down yesterday showed that 51 percent said they disapproved of the Budget while only around a third (35 percent) supported the measures.
Even almost half of Pensioners (49 percent) disapproved despite Mr Hunt announcing that the triple lock guarantee to raise pensions by the highest rate of inflation was still in place.
The only categories of voters who supported the initiatives of Mr Sunak’s government were 2016 Leave voters who backed them by 53 percent to 38 percent and 2019 Tory voters who backed them by 67 percent to 28 percent.
But with income tax rises, raids on inheritance, capital gains increases, hikes in council tax and other increases along with spending cuts by 2028, the sombre mood of Tory MPs to yesterday’s announcement of the £54 billion consolidation package have been reflected in the reaction of the public.
The poll also revealed that voters are prepared to abandon Mr Sunak’s government as a result of what was announced.
One Tory MP who had supported Mr Sunak’s leadership bid even admited that they were turning against the man who only became leader last month after Liz Truss was ousted for trying to bring in tax cuts.
The MP said: “It wasn’t an Autumn statement it was a surrender note!”
Another Conservative backbencher said: “Apparently I was elected as a Conservative MP to support a socialist government. Who knew?”
After Mr Sunak seemed to have begun to turn Tory fortunes around in his first three weeks taking 12 points off Labour’s lead, his party has now gone into reverse.
The Techne UK poll showed that half now back Sir Keir Starmer’s party on 50 percent while the Conservatives have falled to 28 percent, seeing Labour’s lead increase from 19 points to 22.
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If the result played out in an election, Labour would have a record 272 seat majority while the Tories would go under 100 seats to 99 for the first time in their history, according to the prediction site Electoral Calculus.
Mchela Morizzo, chief executive of Techne UK, said: “Our tracker poll this week, taken directly after the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, shows the Labour Party growing in vote share by one point to 50 percent.
“In contrast the Conservatives drop once again below the critical 30 percent threshold by 2 points now registering 28% of national vote share.
“There is no doubt that whilst this is very bad news for the Conservatives, their loss of vote share and Labour’s polling growth, are as a direct result of the worry and concern all voters have for the very difficult times ahead economically.
“Even though the Budget was full of a wide range of fiscal interventions voters are responding to their key understanding that they and their families are going to become much poorer as a result of these very difficult times.”
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Conservative support is particularly bad among under-45s with 60 percent of 1-to-34-year-olds and 56 percent of 34-to-44-year-olds backing Labour.
The Tories though are behind in every category apart from 2016 Leave voters who still back them by 49 percent to 28 percent.
But the threat to Mr Sunak is not just coming from Labour with the pro-tax cut Reform Party on the right led by Richard Tice also taking support away.
One poll this week had them on eight percent.
And today Mr Tice launched a social media campaign aimed at disaffected Tories over the party’s “failed austerity”.