Voters Reject Suella Braverman and Say the Government is to Blame for Homelessness
Exclusive new poll finds that just one-in-ten Brits think the under-fire Home Secretary is doing a good job
A clear majority of voters reject Suella Braverman’s claim that homelessness is a “lifestyle choice,” according to an exclusive poll for the Byline Supplement, which finds that just one-in-ten approve of the job she is doing as Home Secretary.
The poll, conducted this week by pollsters We Think, found that 60% of voters believe the Government is mostly to blame for homelessness in the UK, compared to just 17% who say that homeless people themselves are mostly to blame.
Even among exclusively Conservative supporters, voters are more likely to say ministers are to blame for homelessness than the homeless people themselves.
The Prime Minister is under pressure to sack Braverman following a series of offensive and provocative statements she has made about homeless people, refugees and the Metropolitan Police.
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Downing Street said this week that it was “investigating” the publication of a Times article written by Braverman in which she accused the Met leadership of “playing favourites” with left-wing protesters.
The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt was among senior figures in the party to refuse to back her comments, telling journalists that they “are not words that I myself would have used".
Despite this, a spokesperson for Sunak said on Friday that he still had “full confidence” in the Home Secretary ahead of the planned march for Palestine in London on Sunday.
The ‘Nasty Party’
The rows appear to have had a toll on public perceptions of both Braverman and her party, according to our poll.
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