Rishi Sunak’s job satisfaction ratings remain strong – even with Labour supporters

Three in five Britons are satisfied with the job Rishi Sunak is doing as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Gideon Skinner Public Affairs
  • Glenn Gottfried Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
  • Dylan Spielman Public Affairs
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  • Most Britons are unfamiliar with Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds
  • Sunak clearly leads Dodds on who the public think would make the most capable Chancellor

New figures from Ipsos MORI’s Political Monitor reveal most Britons are unfamiliar with Anneliese Dodds, the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Two in five (41%) say that they’ve never heard of hear while just under a quarter (23%) say they’ve heard of her but know nothing about her. Twenty-two percent say they do not know very much about her and 11% say they know a great deal or fair amount about her. This compares with 46% who say they know a great deal or fair amount about Rishi Sunak, the current Chancellor, whereas just 12% say they’ve never heard of him and 13% say they’ve heard of him but know nothing about him.

The new poll also shows:

  • Rishi Sunak’s job satisfaction ratings remain strong. Three in five Britons (61%) say they are satisfied with the job he is doing (down 3 points from September), one in five (19%) are dissatisfied (down 2 points).
  • 82% of Conservative voters are satisfied with Sunak and 6% dissatisfied. Sunak even enjoys support from a majority of Labour voters with 55% satisfied and 28% dissatisfied.
  • Almost half of Britons (48%) say that Rishi Sunak would make the most capable Chancellor compared with 17% who say Anneliese Dodds. Three in ten (29%) say they don’t know. This is the widest gap between Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor Ipsos MORI have recorded in the time the Conservatives have been in office since 2010.

Sunak v DoddsIpsos MORI Director of Politics Keiran Pedley said of the findings:

Our polling consistently shows the Conservatives ahead of Labour on which party is best placed to manage the economy and these numbers reinforce that message. The Conservatives will hope to sustain this advantage in 2021, as they navigate the post-COVID recovery, whilst Labour will hope they can find a winning economic message to turn the tide.

Technical note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,027 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 4th – 10th December, 2020 Data are weighted to the profile of the population. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error.

The author(s)

  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Gideon Skinner Public Affairs
  • Glenn Gottfried Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
  • Dylan Spielman Public Affairs

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