In a survey conducted in the United Kingdom on Friday, the opposition Labour Party had a 39-point lead over the governing Conservatives. This result extends a string of previous multi-decade records set by the opposition during Prime Minister Liz Truss’s turbulent stint in office.
According to a study conducted by People Polling, over 53 percent of British citizens indicated they would vote for Labour, while just 14 percent said they would vote for the Conservatives.
The poll included responses from over 1,200 adults.
The Liberal Democrats, the country’s traditional third party, finished just three percentage points behind the Conservatives in this election.
Considerably larger than the 36-point advantage had by Labour in two recent polls conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, which was regarded by that pollster as the largest lead achieved by any British party in the last quarter of a century, the gap is even more than that.
It has been only three years since Truss’s predecessor, Boris Johnson, led the Conservatives to an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, and this survey indicates that the Conservatives would suffer an electoral wipeout if the results are duplicated in a general election.
The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to take place in January 2025.
The dismal numbers for the Conservatives are illustrative of the harm that Truss has caused for her party.
After just 44 days in office, she made the announcement on Thursday that she would be resigning from her position.
During her brief time in office, she was responsible for the collapse of both the pound and the bond market by enacting a significant package of tax cuts, the majority of which she was later had to roll back.