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Elections and political crisis in the UK

Whoever becomes prime minister in September will not have time to settle into office because half the public support a general election, and even more Conservative voters are in favour than against, said Ipsos UK chief executive Kelly Beaver.


Half of Britons prefer the Conservative Prime Minister who will replace the resigned Boris Johnson next week to bring forward a general election to this year, according to a poll published today.

The poll conducted by Ipsos UK for The Standard newspaper found that 51% of adults interviewed earlier this month supported the decision, while only 20% were against it.

Among those who advocated holding the general elections scheduled for January 2025 in the coming months, 46 per cent argued that the country is in crisis and needs to find a way forward. Four out of 10 felt that a change of government is needed after 12 years of Conservative rule, and 38% responded that the public should be more involved in political decision-making.

A similar number felt that the new prime minister who takes office on 6 September will not come out of a general election, but will be chosen by 160,000 Conservative Party members, who represent just 0.3 per cent of the British electorate.

According to 37% of the 2,164 adults between the ages of 18 and 75 surveyed between 5 and 8 August, the winner of the internal leadership contest must ask voters for permission for any changes he or she intends to make.

The name of the new ruler and leader of the Conservative Party will be announced on Monday, and the inauguration will take place the following day.

So far, all polls suggest that Chancellor Liz Truss will defeat former finance minister Rishi Sunak, after an election campaign dominated by the cost-of-living crisis.

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: Pixabay

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