ELECTION FEVER Brits want to take to the polls for General Election STRAIGHT AFTER the new PM is picked on Monday

FILE PHOTO: Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss answers questions at a hustings event, part of the Conservative party leadership campaign, in Norwich, Britain, August 25, 2022. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo

HALF of the public want a General Election to be called once the new PM is announced next Monday, according to a new poll.

The survey, carried out by Ipsos, found that only one in five Brits are against taking to the polls.

Liz Truss has ruled out calling an early General Election

Among Tory voters, 40 per cent want an immediate General Election.

Meanwhile, a whopping 67 per cent of Labour backers want to take to the polls.

Most people who are keen for an election list Britain being “in crisis” as the main reason why.

Those opposed to it say the country being in crisis is all the more reason for an election to be avoided.

They think it weeks of campaigning instead of governing will be too much of a distraction from major problems that need immediate attention.

Both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have ruled out calling an early election.

They believe focusing on spiralling inflation should be the new Downing Street’s number one priority.

But wannabe Tory leaders have made that promise before, only to backtrack later on.

BoJo called a General Election in 2019, while Theresa May triggered one in 2017.

Kelly Beaver MBE, Chief Executive, UK and Ireland at Ipsos said: “Whoever the new Prime Minister is come September, the public aren’t going to be giving them time to settle in, with half already calling for a General Election and even more Conservative voters wanting one than not.

“Looking at recent history, the guidance isn’t clear whether they should gamble like Theresa May or be cautious like Gordon Brown, but as the cost of living continues to rise, a winter election certainly looks like an unappealing time to seek a mandate.”

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