British quit heating and stay home due to rising prices, say tackling cost crisis will be top election issue, poll shows
A new poll suggests that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to lose the country’s next election unless he can begin to convince voters that his party has the right leadership to mitigate an inflation crisis that erodes their living standards.
The poll, conducted by Savanta Commerce for the Daily Mail and published on Saturday, found that only 24% of voters see Johnson’s Torres as the best party to handle the inflation crisis, with 39% choosing the opposition Labor Party. Rising prices will deal with the top election issue, the survey found, with 90% of respondents saying it would be an important factor in their vote.
In the 12 months since April, inflation has accelerated to a 40-year high of 9%, the UK government reported this week, criminalizing the lives of most Britons. Six out of 10 voters have already started spending more time at home instead of going out and 51% are wearing more clothes to avoid using their heaters, the Daily Mail poll showed.
With petrol and diesel prices rising at an all-time high, 44% of voters are turning to walking and cycling instead of driving. Three out of 10 have unsubscribed from subscriptions, such as streaming services and gym subscriptions.
The survey found that many voters were forced to take more drastic measures, with 21% avoiding regular meals and 20% borrowing money from family or friends. Meanwhile, 11% have stopped making loan payments, and 19% have either gone to a food bank or are thinking of doing so to keep food on the table.
Who the voters blamed for the inflation crisis, the top choice was the UK government 25%, the survey found. This is followed by Russia-Ukraine conflict 22% and Kovid-19 epidemic 20%. A whopping 74% say the UK economy is worse than it was six months ago.
The British are looking to the government to help them overcome the crisis, with 73% calling for higher minimum wages, 72% for fuel tax cuts, and 65% for accelerating the planned reduction in income taxes. The strong majority has called for a reduction in environmental tariffs on energy bills and the cancellation of planned increases in national insurance premiums. About 75% say the government should impose a windfall tax on the profits of energy companies.
The poll found that 40% of respondents plan to vote for the Labor Party in the next election, compared to 34% for Johnson’s Conservative Party. The remaining 26% want to vote for the smaller opposition party.
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