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UK elections: Polls predict ‘electoral extinction’ for PM Sunak’s Conservatives

NEW DELHI: As the date for general elections in UK approaches, three opinion polls released on Saturday predicted low seat share for the Conservatives, Reuters reported.
Cautioning British PM Sunak’s party of “electoral extinction”, research company Savanta predicted 21% support for the Conservatives, marking a drop by 4 points.
“Our research suggests that this election could be nothing short of electoral extinction for the Conservative Party,” Savanta’s political research director Chris Hopkins said.
Meanwhile, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party garnered 46% support, marking a 2-point increase from the previous poll conducted five days earlier. The survey was conducted for the Sunday Telegraph from June 12 to June 14. Labour Party’s 25-point lead represents the widest margin since the tenure of Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss.
According to a different survey conducted from May 31 to June 13 by Survation and reported in the Sunday Times, the Conservatives are predicted to secure 72 seats in the 650-member House of Commons, marking their lowest tally in nearly 200 years. In contrast, Labour is projected to win a commanding 456 seats.
Another survey, conducted by Opinium for the Observer indicated that Labour maintained 40% support, while the Conservatives trailed at 23%. The survey was conducted from June 12 to June 14.
The real opposition’
An opinion poll by YouGuv on Thursday showed Nigel Farage’s Reform UK party one point ahead of Conservatives, prompting Farage to claim Reform as “the real opposition” now, AFP reported.
Reform currently has around 609 candidates for the upcoming July 4 general election, a figure nearly twice as high as in 2019 when the party was called the Brexit Party.

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