Poll reveals clear leader for next UK PM – Reuters

Over 60% of Tories will vote for Liz Truss to be Britain’s next PM, poll finds

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has a 22-point lead over former finance minister Rishi Sunak in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, according to a survey by polling firm Opinium Research published on Saturday.

Of 570 Conservative Party members polled between Monday and Friday last week, 61% said they would vote for Truss, while 39% backed Sunak.

The deadline for the vote is September 2 and the next prime minister is expected to be announced three days later.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as leader of the Conservative Party last month after the resignation of dozens of senior government officials who disagreed with his leadership. Johnson now heads a caretaker government, which will be replaced after the election of the new party leader.

The battle for the post of prime minister is taking place against the backdrop of soaring energy prices and an overall rise in the cost of living in the UK. Both candidates have promised to guide Britain through the crisis if they are chosen to lead the country.

“I’m focused on getting our economy and our country through better days by making the pie bigger, raising wages, and supporting jobs to save us from the misery of the recession,” Truss wrote in an op-ed published in The Mail on Sunday.

UK energy bills set to skyrocket

“I have a plan to get us through this and make sure it’s just a tough winter. I want this to be the last time people have to worry about their bills,” Sunak said Sunday in an interview with The Sun.

Asked about Truss’ advantage in recent Times Radio polls on Friday, Sunak insisted he still had “a fantastic chance to progress in this campaign,” and that “A lot of people haven’t made up their minds.”

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