Liz Truss Resigns As Prime Minister With Record Low 9% Approval Rating

Chris Menahan
Oct. 20, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss made history this week by becoming the shortest-serving and least popular premier in history.

From The Week, "U.K.'s Liz Truss has a net approval rating of -61 percent: Poll":
According to a Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll released Monday, Britain's new prime minister has a net approval rating of negative 61 percent, down 13 percentage points from a similar poll last Thursday. Only 9 percent of respondents approve of her overall performance, while 70 percent disapprove.

Truss is underwater even within her own party, with 67 percent of 2019 Conservative voters disapproving of her performance. "Among those who would vote Conservative now, her net approval is -15 percent," R&WS notes.
From RT, "UK premier steps down after 6 weeks in power":
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced her resignation, having spent just 45 days in office. The outgoing PM is the shortest-serving premier in UK history.

Truss’ rapid downfall follows a series of political missteps and the resignation of several members of her government, including Home Secretary, Suella Braverman earlier this week.

Pressure for Truss to step down from within her own Conservative party has been mounting since last month.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Truss said she had tendered her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party to King Charles.

She acknowledged that she could not “deliver the mandate” she had been elected on in early September, adding that she came to power at a time of “great economic and international instability.”

Truss also revealed that a vote to determine the Conservative Party’s new leader, and the UK’s new head of government, will be held “in the next week.” For the time being, she will remain in a caretaker capacity, the outgoing PM added.
The Conservatives could have picked anyone they wanted to replace Boris Johnson and this is who they chose.

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