Mary Elizabeth Truss, also known as Liz Truss, served as the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom after wining an intense battle with Rishi Sunak, Leader of the Conservative Party.
Not long after Truss stepped into the office, a disastrous series of self-inflicted wounds – which turned into a political death spiral – began with a misfired attempt by the Conservative Party Leader. They radically reoriented the government’s economic agenda by slashing taxes without saying how the decision would be paid for.
As legends say, “every action has a consequence” Truss’ action sent the markets reeling and never recovered from it.
According to a YouGov poll, Truss’ net favorability stood at minus 70%. In contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin was at minus 84%, just minus 14% away from taking over the number one spot as the most unfavorable government official.
Afterward, Truss made few public appearances and told the lawmakers that the prime minister was not hiding “under a desk.’’
Lastly, on October 25, 2022, Truss resigned amid a financial and political crisis, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the UK. Her inability to prove her promises was one of the causes of Liz’s downfall as the Prime Minister of the UK.
Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Liz Truss resigning as the UK Prime Minister after just 44 days in office to gather further views on this subject.
Truss promised party members that she would slash taxes, increase economic growth, and solve the energy crisis in Britain. During a televised leadership interview in August, Sunak warned that such unfunded cuts would cause “misery for millions.”
“We have a blinking red light on our economy, and inflation is the root of the problem,” Sunak said. He was worried that Truss’s plans would exacerbate the situation even more.
- Almost seven in ten (92%) are well aware that Truss resigned.
- Lack of policy and planning led to Truss’ downfall, say 28.2%.
- 40.33% of respondents strongly believe in Sunak’s plan.
The first survey highlights the resignation of Truss just after 44 days in office. Results show that nearly 92% were aware that Truss resigned, whereas 8% were not.
Truss resigned after failing to deliver her plans following a failed tax-cutting budget that crashed financial markets. This Real Research survey shows how many think Truss lived up to her pledges as the PM. Results were as follows:
Almost 70% agree that Truss lived up to her pledges, whereas nearly 6% (5.7%) disagree.
How Effective Were Truss’ Financial Policies?
As Truss slashed taxes without knowing how the decision would be paid for, the sterling pound immediately crashed, leaving the country in a slump.
This survey highlights the opinions on whether Truss’ financial policies were effective.
Upon observing the results, 52.63% believed it was highly effective, as did 15.74% but were not entirely confident. Compared to 9.28%, who said the opposite.
Miss Truss Receives a Backfire
As the country watched Truss’ self-inflicted destruction, the cabinet ministers and other Parliament members urged Truss to step down before a complete recession.
Additionally, she fired her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng.
According to Truss’ resignation speech, she voiced:
I recognise though, given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which the Conservative Party elected me.
Most (64.46%) of the respondents agreed that the inability to fulfill her pledges was one of the major downfalls. This resulted in a loss of confidence and support from her members of the parliament, stated 25.7%.
Lastly, 8.79% point out the external circumstances (economy, politics, and the death of the Queen).
Similarly, another poll highlights additional shortcomings on Truss’ side that led to her downfall. Nearly 40% (37.97%) pointed out poor political knowledge. 11.07% said flawed party system, 28.2% said poor policy and planning, and 13.58% stated the lack of presentation.
The Appearance of Rishi Sunak: Savior or More Destruction?
When Truss resigned, Rishi Sunak, former chancellor, who was Truss’ election contender, was announced as the UK’s new prime minister.
Upon his appearance, most of the respondents had a daily adverse reaction.
In detail, the majority (40.67%) were shocked to hear about his appearance, 18.12% were sad, 15.67% were disappointed, and 6.25% were angry. Only 12.95% had position reactions to him.
The following survey shows respondents’ opinions on how effective will Sunak’s policies be in comparison to Liz’s. 60.38% stated effective, 6.8% said ineffective, whereas 32.83% remained uncertain.
Would Sunak Relieve the UK Economy?
According to our survey, which highlights Sunak’s ability to recover the UK economy, most (55.2%) of the respondents believed in Sunak’s power, whereas 10.27% were not.
Ultimately, the survey ended with the question of the overall preferable prime minister of the UK. Both parties had similar votes, but Sunak (52.82%) was voted the preferred candidate, followed by Truss (47.18%).
|Survey Title||Survey on Liz Truss’ Resignation After Just 44 Days in Office|
|Duration||October 28 – November 04, 2022|
|Number of Participants||20,000|
|Demographics||Males and females, aged 21 to 99|
|Participating Countries||Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia,… Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.|
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