Both Sunak and Truss hugely unpopular in Scotland, poll suggests

A survey of 1,000 Scots was carried out earlier this month.

19 August 2022

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are hugely unpopular in Scotland, a new poll has suggested.

The survey by Ipsos Scotland found the former chancellor to be marginally more popular than the Foreign Secretary, but both are struggling for support north of the border.

Of the 1,000 people who responded, 59% had an unfavourable view of Mr Sunak, compared to 19% who had a favourable view of him and 18% who said they had neither view – creating a net popularity of -40%.

In the same survey, just 15% of the Scots who responded said they had a favourable view of Liz Truss, while 60% had an unfavourable view and 20% held neither view – a net popularity of -45%.

The fieldwork for the survey was carried out between August 12 and 15.

Both candidates this week took part in a hustings event in Perth, where they made their pitches to Tory members in a bid to secure the votes they need to put them in Number 10.

In the poll, 55% of people who voted Tory in last year’s Holyrood election had a more favourable view of Mr Sunak, while 45% had a more favourable view of Ms Truss.

But both remain starkly more popular than Boris Johnson, with 74% of respondents reacting unfavourably to the current Prime Minister, compared to 14% favourable and 11% who held neither view, resulting in a net rating of -60%.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer had a 26% favourable response, 40% unfavourable and 30% neither – combining for a net rating of -14%.

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