A massive 70% of voters say a general election should be held in the next six months, a new Omnisis poll has revealed.
In a week which has seen interest rates increase to 5%, inflation at 8.7% and warnings of a UK recession, more than two thirds think the country should go to the polls by the end of the year, with only 30% saying there shouldn’t be an election.
Of the 70% who want an election includes 86% were Labour voters, 53% Conservatives and 77% LibDem voters.
The pollsters also asked if a general election should be held “immediately”, with a closer split of 54% saying yes and 46% saying no.
Brian Cooper, Managing Director of Omnisis, said: “After a pretty bleak week, economically speaking, we wanted to find out how voters were feeling and the answer is pretty clear - they want a chance to make their voices heard.
“Perhaps it isn’t surprising to learn that, according to our polling, the economy is now the number one concern of Brits. 62% of voters said it was their main concern, followed by the NHS on 60% and inflation on 58%."
Deserting a sinking ship?
The latest Omnisis poll also found that 50% of voters said they would abandon Britain with their families if given the chance, with 34% staying put and 16% saying they didn’t know.
And Spain (18%), Australia (17%) and Canada (14%) would be the top emigration destinations for Brits who wanted to escape the doom and gloom of their motherland.
Dubai and the USA (8%), Italy (6%), France, Germany and Sweden (4%) made up the other top destinations, with India and Russia (1% each) deemed more desirable by those would consider moving.
The ‘Partygate’ hangover: do you feel you can hold politicians to account?
Finally, Omnisis also asked voters if they felt they could hold politicians to account in the wake of the Partygate revelations, with 51% still believing they can and a quarter (25%) saying they didn’t feel they could. Meanwhile, 25% said neither.
Voter Intention Trackers
On the Omnisis weekly voter intention trackers, Labour ‘s lead over the Conservatives fell by two points to 20, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s net approval rating plunged six points to -15.
ON VOTER INTENTION
- Lab 47% (-1)
- Con 27% (+1)
- LD 9% (-1)
- SNP 3% (NC)
- Ref 6% (+1)
- Green 6% (NC)
ON PRIME MINISTER’S APPROVAL
- Approve: 27% (-3)
- Disapprove: 42% (+3)
- Neither: 29% (-3)
ON WHO’D MAKE THE BEST PRIME MINISTER
- Sir Keir Starmer: 36% (-3)
- Rishi Sunak: 29% (NC)
- Don’t Know: 34% (+2)
ON BREXIT SENTIMENT
- Stay Out: 31% (NC)
- Re-join: 50% (+3)
- / DK or not voting: 20% (-1)
Excluding don’t knows and will not votes
- Stay Out: 38% (-2)
- Re-join: 62% (+2)
This week’s poll which was conducted on 22nd-23rd June 2023, questioned 1,336 people and is weighted to a national representative population.
Tables will be posted here: https://www.omnisis.co.uk/poll-results