A majority of the British public believe that Rishi Sunak is doing a bad job delivering on his five key priorities in a major setback for the Prime Minister on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference.
In polling conducted in the final week of September, Ipsos UK found widespread dissatisfaction among the public towards Mr Sunak’s performance on the key priorities that he set out in January.
The dissatisfaction has grown across the board since the pollster’s last survey in May.
The results come as the Prime Minister is on Wednesday set to address the party membership in Manchester, where he will set out his vision for Britain.
But the meeting has been overshadowed by discussions about the fate of HS2, which is expected to have its northern leg scrapped between the West Midlands and Manchester.
Out of 1,000 polled, 57 per cent believed that Mr Sunak was doing a bad job on halving inflation this year, compared with 55 per cent in May.
Polls narrowed in recent weeks
Some 54 per cent said that he was doing a bad job on growing the economy, up from 50 per cent, and 54 per cent also said that he was doing a bad job on reducing the national debt, up from 49 per cent.
The public were most dissatisfied with his performance on cutting NHS waiting lists, with 71 per cent believing that the Prime Minister was doing a bad job.
Seven in 10 people considered Mr Sunak was doing a bad job in ensuring that people get the NHS care they need more quickly.
On the question of small boats, only 10 per cent believed he was doing a good job in passing new laws to stop vessels crossing the Channel.
Just over half of the public have an unfavourable view of Mr Sunak, while Sir Keir Starmer was found unfavourable by 42 per cent.
Easing the cost of living remains the public’s key priority, however 63 per cent believe that the Prime Minister is doing a bad job at doing so.
Recent policy moves announced by the Prime Minister, including his watering down of net zero policies last month, had seen the polls narrow in recent weeks.
Surveys of Westminster voting intention put Labour around 15 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives.