Rishi Sunak must end war on motorists to save election chances, poll shows

A poll shows RISHI Sunak must end the war on motorists to hold together the ‘coalition’ of voters that won the 2019 election.

Brexit supporters and Red Wall voters who backed Boris Johnson could join forces in an offensive against costly green policies.

Ending the war on motorists could be key to holding together the


Ending the war on motorists could be key to holding together the “coalition” of pro-Brexit and Red Wall voters that won the 2019 electionPhoto credit: Getty

The poll shows the prime minister was backed by just half of those who voted for the party four years ago – with support falling from 75 percent to 40 percent among Leave voters.

Still, both she and the Red Wallers support our Give Us a Brake campaign, which calls for the abandonment of Ultra Low Emission Zones (Ulez), a delay in the ban on new diesel and gasoline cars, and no restricted traffic areas where the public can object raises.

Objections to ulez expansion across the capital helped the Tories win the July by-election in Uxbridge, west London.

A popular poll found that 64 percent of Tories and 56 percent of Brexit voters do not want similar systems where they live.

Overall, 54 percent of respondents believe lowering the cost of living outweighs green, even if it means doing less to reach net zero.

This view was more likely to be held by working-class Brits and older voters.

People Polling’s Matthew Goodwin said: “Rishi Sunak urgently needs to find a way to mobilize the people who voted for Boris Johnson.

“Tackling the cost-of-living crisis by rolling back net-zero initiatives. . . would be a good start.”

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “Uxbridge wasn’t just about ulez, it’s about the broader issue of this whole net zero religion that’s being foisted on us.”

“The coalition of people we’re targeting is small, but the window that gets us there is opening again.”

His Tory colleague Craig Mackinlay said: “Conservative electoral strategists must deliver what voters are demanding.”

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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