Rishi Sunak Approval Rating, Google Search Trends

Subhash | January 24, 2023

Rishi Sunak Approval Rating: With the next general election in two years, how well is Rishi Sunak Performing? How is Keir Starmer Performing?


Following Liz Truss’s resignation as the PM of the UK, Rishi Sunak became the new Prime Minister as the leader of the majority Conservative party in Parliament. He officially assumed office on 25 October 2022.

In his first speech as the prime minister of the UK, Sunak promised “integrity, professionalism, and accountability,” He acknowledged that Liz Truss was not wrong to want to improve growth however admitted to some mistakes being made. He promised to mend those mistakes and to “place economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda”

With Sunak as PM, the Tories would be hoping for a return to competitiveness over the next 12 months. Here is how Rishi Sunak is currently rated

Rishi Sunak Approval Rating, Social Media Sentiments, Google Search Trends

Rishi Sunak has exactly two years to prove himself. His main task will be to stir the UK’s economy which has been hit by the multiple events that happened around the world in the last few years and 2nd will be to win the trust of the Conservative voters. A recent Tory poll showed that the former PM Boris Johnson is more popular than Rishi Sunak and this may be worrying for him.

Google trend search volume chart

On Google Trend, despite Boris Johnson out of 10 Downing Street has a good level of search volume. The lead of Sunak as PM of the UK is not much as compared to the search volume of Boris Johnson when he was Prime Minister. Sunak has 57% search volume and Boris Johnson has 43%.

On the below chart which includes 12 months of data, Boris has 68% search volume and Sunak has just 32% search volume. In September after Johnson’s resignation, Rishi Sunak was in news but despite being the talk of the town, Boris John is ahead of Sunak in 12 months of search volume data.

search volume chart of 12 months

The poll number for the Conservatives is highly frustrating as most of the polls have given Conservatives less than 30% of the vote share and the latest one gives the Tories less than 20% vote share. In the latest polls regarding the Prime Ministerial preference, Keir Starmer is ahead of Sunak by a massive 8%.

The approval rating of Sunak is not so encouraging and if there is no improvement in the economic condition of the UK, the numbers are likely to decline.

Sunak is set to face challenges not just from his opposition but also from within his party. Considering all the factors, Rishi Sunak 2023 is likely to fill with a good number of obstacles and it may be a deciding factor for his political career.

Rishi Sunak Approval Rating

Average Approval Rating – January 12th, 2023

  • Approve: 30%
  • Disapprove: 51%
  • Net Approval: -21%

Morning Consult – December 28th

  • Approve: 31%
  • Disapprove: 52%
  • Net Approval: -21%

YouGov – December 26th

  • Approve: 29%
  • Disapprove: 50%
  • Net Approval: -21%

Keir Starmer Approval Rating

YouGov – 26th December

  • Approve: 41%
  • Disapprove: 36%
  • Net Approval: +5%

Preferred Prime Minister of UK Polls

Statistica- December 15th

  • Rishi Sunak: 26%
  • Keir Starmer: 31%

Google Search Trends: Sunak vs Starmer

Social Media Sentiments

  • Rishi Sunak: -43%
  • Keir Starmer: -47%

Rishi Sunak Approval Rating: Bio

  • Rishi Sunak was born in Southampton. His father migrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.
  • Rishi Sunak went to Winchester College and studied Politics, Philosophy. He studied Economics at Oxford University and completed his MBA from Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (USA).
  • Rishi Sunak was elected Conservative MP for the first time in the year 2015. He became MP from Richmond.
  • Rishi Sunak was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government in Theresa May’s second government in the 2018 cabinet reshuffle.
  • After the 2019 election, Sunak was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.
  • Johnson promoted Sunak to Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 2020 cabinet reshuffle.
  • Sunak resigned as chancellor in July 2022.
  • After Boris Johnson’s resignation, Sunak ran for the Conservative Party’s leadership election but lost to Liz Truss.
  • Sunak became the Prime Minister of England on 25 October 2022. He succeeded Liz Truss.

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