The Tory brand has been battered by the economic turmoil that followed Liz Truss’s mini-Budget. But a survey suggests Mr. Sunak commands respect among voters.
Exclusive Ipsos polling found while 24 percent said he has done a bad job, 28 percent believe he has done a good job.
A succession of polls have put Labor ahead by more than 20 points, but senior Conservatives argue the Labor lead is “soft” and that under Mr Sunak the Tories can recover in time for the next election, expected in 2024.
One senior source said: “Times have been incredibly tough, there are massive global headwinds, there’s been huge political uncertainty, but people are more than willing to give Rishi Sunak the benefit of the doubt.
“He makes hard decisions, tells people the brutal truth and has the country’s best interests at heart.”
However, the poll also shows Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer is seen as a prime minister-in-waiting.
Half of respondents said it was “likely” Sir Keir will one day be PM. Forty-nine percent said he was “ready” for the top position and 35 percent said he would do a good job in the role.