Penny Mordaunt’s commanding lead among Tory members from a previous survey has since been lost, with the trade minister now finding herself on 42% to Liz Truss’s 48%, and on 43% to Kemi Badenoch’s 48%
The latest results show that Badenoch is Truss’s closest competitor, winning 46% of members’ preferences to the foreign secretary’s 43% in their head-to-head, meaning the two are effectively tied
Rishi Sunak loses convincingly to each of Mordaunt, Truss and Badenoch in the head-to-head polls.
The survey was conducted with 725 Conservative Party members, 18th– 19th July 2022.
With the number of candidates for the next Conservative party leader to be whittled down to three this afternoon, the latest YouGov poll of party members shows that there has been a marked change in members’ views. Our previous survey last week had Penny Mordaunt as the firm members’ favourite, beating all comers by wide margins.
However, Mordaunt’s lead has since been lost, with the trade minister now finding herself on 42% to Liz Truss’s 48%, and on 43% to Kemi Badenoch’s 48%. Both of these head-to-head results are within the margin of error, but this will come as little comfort to a candidate who last week was at least 15pts ahead of her nearest rival.
Although Kemi Badenoch is widely expected to be eliminated in this afternoon’s proceedings, the latest results show that Badenoch is Truss’s closest competitor, winning 46% of members’ preferences to the foreign secretary’s 43% in their head-to-head. This is also sufficiently close to be within the margin of error, and therefore effectively a tie.
The results continue to be bad news for Rishi Sunak. Although almost certain to make the run-off, Sunak loses against his three potential opponents by wide margins under current figures. While he has made ground against Mordaunt, whom he previously trailed by 67% to 28% in the last poll of party members, he still has a 14pt deficit against the trade minister (51% to 37%).
Against Liz Truss, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer has made little improvement. His own score remains unchanged at 35%, although Truss’s vote share has fallen five points from 59% to 54%, with the movement to the “don’t know” column.
Sunak’s score against Badenoch has declined. His 40% in the prior poll has fallen to 34% now, while her previous 49% now stands at 56%.