Rishi Sunak rejected by Tories as Jeremy Hunt savaged in new poll

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Rishi Sunak is failing to capture the hearts of the Tory grassroots members as a new poll reveals that they remain uninspired by the leader – even preferring candidates the PM had run against in last summer’s leadership contest. His Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is facing an even worse reception from Conservative party members, with a net negative satisfaction rating.

The stats come from a survey of Tory party members by the ConservativeHome website, and may illustrate the damage being wrought on the Conservative party’s reputation by the cost of living crisis.

Now over two months into his leadership of the party, Mr Sunak remains out of the top 20 Cabinet ministers preferred by members, scoring a net satisfaction rating of 13.1 – some distance from the average of 24.2. This does, however, represent a small improvement from last month, when he had a rating of 9.0.

Mr Hunt, meanwhile, is facing a negative rating of -6.7 following a poor reaction to his Autumn Statement. This was also a slight improvement of his score from the previous month’s score of -9.9.

But some standout Cabinet ministers have consistently held on to the top spots.

Defence Minister Ben Wallace tops the rankings with a substantial lead of 85.5 as he leads the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Mr Wallace has consistently remained the most popular Cabinet minister among Tory members throughout the year, under Mr Sunak and both his predecessors – Liz Truss and Boris Johnson.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman is continuing to recover her popularity among Tory members, even as the Home Office faces continued criticism for its handling of the Manston asylum seeker processing centre.

In October, when Ms Braverman resigned for breaking ministerial rules regarding national security, her satisfaction rating plummeted.

But now she has risen to ninth, with a rating of 32.5. However, immigration minister Robert Jenrick has not come out so favourably, achieving the worst score of the bunch with -11.3.

International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly continue to make up the top three most popular ministers – along with Mr Wallace – for the fourth survey in succession.

But of those ministers who were beaten out of the Tory leadership contest this summer, only Mr Hunt and Grant Shapps now find themselves with an approval rating lower than the eventual Prime Minister.

Kemi Badenoch is the second most favoured, with 71.2. Meanwhile Mr Sunak’s former running opponents Penny Mordaunt, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman and Nadhim Zahawi are all more favoured than him by the Tory membership.

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Mr Sunak came second place in the leadership contest, but made his way into the top job a short while later regardless, after Ms Truss’ very brief stint in No10.

The PM’s poor approval rating is reflected by the population at large. The latest YouGov polling suggests that Mr Sunak is liked by just 25 percent of the population – while 51 percent say they dislike him.

For comparison, Labour leader Keir Starmer is liked by 26 percent of those surveyed, and disliked by 38 percent. Further mirroring the Conservative party membership, just 14 percent of respondents like Mr Hunt, and 47 percent said they dislike him.

As for the Conservative party’s favourite Cabinet member, Mr Wallace, just 17 percent of those polled by YouGov said they like him and 17 percent said they dislike the Defence Secretary – but only 53 percent of respondents knew who he was.

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