Rishi Sunak approval rating: Sunak reveals Budget plans – but why is he dropping in polls? | UK | News

Rishi Sunak has had to deal with numerous challenges as Chancellor over the past 18 months. The pandemic has put a huge financial strain on the UK’s finances, as a result, some of the controversial measures Mr Sunak has had to introduce have caused his approval ratings to drop significantly. Express.co.uk explores the reasons behind the Chancellor’s fall from grace.


Mr Sunak enjoyed some all-time highs in terms of his reputation before the pandemic.

But after the first lockdown was announced in March 2020, his approval rating has taken a downturn.

According to a YouGov poll, Rishi Sunak’s approval ratings have steadily plummeted since April 2020.

In April over half (52 percent) of Brits surveyed by YouGov thought Mr Sunak was doing a “good job” when asked the question: “Do you think Rishi Sunak is doing a good job or a bad job as Chancellor of the Exchequer?”

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In the last poll, 44 percent said they were “not sure” if Mr Sunak was doing a good or a bad job as Chancellor.

Why have Mr Sunak’s ratings plummeted?

In March 2020, Mr Sunak announced an uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit worth £20 a week in response to the pandemic.

This popular move saw his approval ratings rise slightly, as he reached an all-time popularity high in May 2020, as 53 percent of those polled believed he was doing a good job as Chancellor.


But as the effects of the pandemic started to bite, Mr Sunak had to introduce several tough measures to help the struggling economy.

When the Chancellor announced key controversial policy changes, such as a reduction to the furlough scheme and an end to the Universal Credit uplift, his approval ratings unsurprisingly fell.

Overall, his approval rating has fallen steadily throughout the pandemic, from his all-time high reached in May 2020.

Even his popular eat out to help out scheme couldn’t help turn around his falling approval ratings.

On August 3, 2020, the Eat Out to Help Out scheme was introduced.

This offered a 50 percent discount on meals up to £10 per person in the UK, in a bid to boost public confidence and the struggling hospitality sector.

Despite this popular policy, his approval ratings fell that month from 52 percent believing he was doing a good job in July 2020 to just 48 percent by August 10.

Of those polled 12 percent believed he was doing a bad job in July, but this figure rose to 15 percent by August 10.

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