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UK PM Rishi Sunak Set to Lose Lawmaker Status in Massive Election Defeat, New Poll by Savanta Indicates

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faces the possibility of losing his lawmaker status in a potential landslide defeat as Labour Party gains momentum ahead of the July 4 election, according to a recent poll by Savanta.

Key Highlights

  • The Labour Party is projected to secure 516 seats in the upcoming July 4 election, according to a Savanta analysis released Wednesday.
  • Out of the 632 seats up for grabs, 175 are currently deemed too close to predict.
  • Among the uncertain seats are several key Conservative strongholds, including Prime Minister Sunak’s constituency in Richmond and Northallerton, Interior Minister James Cleverly’s seat in Braintree, Essex, and Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt’s seat in Godalming and Ash, Surrey.

A startling poll ahead of the upcoming general election suggests that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could be on the brink of an unprecedented defeat, potentially becoming the first sitting prime minister to lose his parliamentary seat. Conducted by Savanta in collaboration with Electoral Calculus and the Telegraph, the poll paints a dramatic electoral landscape, predicting a landslide victory for the Labour Party. It forecasts Labour could secure an impressive 516 seats out of the 632 contested on July 4, potentially granting them a supermajority of 382 seats, exceeding even Tony Blair’s historic 1997 win.

The forecast contrasts sharply with the current political scene, where the ruling centre-right Conservative Party is projected to win just 53 seats, a significant decrease from their 365-seat majority in 2019. The analysis also suggests the centrist Liberal Democrats may challenge the Conservatives as the main opposition party in the next Parliament.

However, skepticism surrounds the accuracy of these predictions. Alistair Campbell, Labour’s former director of communications, expressed doubts, stating, “I simply cannot believe that the Conservatives will be nearly wiped out. It’s hard to fathom.”

The poll methodology involved interviewing 17,812 respondents aged 18 and over online from June 7-18. Using multiple regression and post-stratification modeling (MRP), the poll aimed to estimate national voting intentions. MRP factors in demographic characteristics such as age and gender to predict voting shares in each constituency, thereby forecasting likely winners in individual seats and the overall election outcome.

Despite the poll results, Prime Minister Sunak has downplayed concerns about his party’s standing in the polls, insisting that “the only poll that matters is on July 4th.”

The uncertainty surrounding the outcome underscores broader doubts about the accuracy of recent polling, which consistently point towards a Labour Party victory. Alastair Campbell, reflecting widespread skepticism, remarked, “There seems to be something fundamentally amiss with these polls.”

As the election date approaches, political observers and the public await with anticipation to see whether these forecasts will prove accurate or if there will be unexpected shifts in voter sentiment before July 4th.

With inputs from Reuters

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