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The latest YouGov poll reveals a significant shift in public opinion, with Labour extending its lead over the Conservatives. In a survey conducted between January 2 and January 3, only 22% of respondents expressed support for the Tories, marking a two-percentage-point drop from a poll conducted between December 19 and 20. Meanwhile, Labour has gained further ground, securing 46% support—an increase of three percentage points in just two weeks.

The poll also highlights the stability of other party standings, with the Liberal Democrats maintaining a steady 10% support, while Reform UK experienced a decline from 11% to 9%. The Green Party saw a one-percentage-point drop to 7%, and the SNP remained stable at 3%.

These findings pose additional challenges for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has faced criticism for unfulfilled pledges and suggestions that a general election might not occur until October. Public dissatisfaction with Sunak is evident on social media, where he has been accused of sharing misleading claims and criticized for allegedly “selling nonsense” to voters.

Moreover, the poll indicates that the public favors Labour leader Keir Starmer over Sunak as the potential Prime Minister, with 30% supporting Starmer compared to 18% for the current officeholder.

A third YouGov poll reveals a broader sentiment among Brits, with three-quarters believing that the UK is in a worse state than when the Conservative Party took office in 2010. Forty-one percent stated that conditions are much worse now, while 34% claimed they are somewhat worse. Only 1% believed the country is in a much better state, with 6% indicating it is somewhat better.

These findings come in the wake of Tory MP Danny Kruger’s warning that the party could face “obliteration” in the next general election. As co-founder of the New Conservatives, Kruger acknowledged public sentiment that conditions have worsened over the past 13 years and emphasized the need for the party to address and admit this narrative.

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