Chart from hell: Govt approval over March


by Sunny Hundal    
2:37 pm - April 3rd 2012

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Will the Budget of 2012 mark a watershed? I suppose only time will tell.

But here’s a visualisation of how government approval ratings have collapsed over March

Update: To add: the chart finishes in March. Govt’s approval ratings have fallen to -43 since.

Update 2 But don’t get too happy, as @leobarasi points out. A fall this fast means volatility, so it could recover quickly too. And with net approval, a 1% move from approve to disapprove means -2pt change. So recovery could be easily as quick.

(source: YouGov tracker)

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It has not been a good few weeks for Dave.

He’s really missing Coulson. Or, frankly, anybody who will tell him how not to keep looking like a total berk.

It’s important not to get carried away with such figures, which reflect transient events rather than underlying trends. The government does still lead Labour on the economy, and if Gideon conjures up any growth this quarter, you can bet he’ll sing it from the rooftops as a Tory success.

I’m more interested in seeing a comparison between Labour’s and the Conservative’s rankings on economic competence over the last few months. That’s a better indication of how the country’s feeling politically

Surely “collapsed” implies they had a noteworthy high to collapse FROM???

If the economy falls into a new recession then that will severely damage the coalition’s economic reputation. Imagine that graph with another drop like that after budget and things will get even worse for Cameron and Osborne.

5. Shatterface

Pretty meaningless unless you show the approval ratings of the other parties.

I don’t know anybody who has any confidence in the economy or any political party.
All is spin, manipulation or simply lies.
For thirty years politicians have relied on perception, it now seems that we perceive them to be corrupt and incompetent – can you blame us?

7. Northern Worker

It probably doesn’t mean much, after all as Harold Wilson said: “A week is a long time in politics.” But, but …. Cameron has made it two weeks of ineptness:

1. The budget and the granny tax – kick poor retired people
2.Cut 50p tax rate – poor people pay; rich people don’t
3. Throwing T May in front of a buss with the 40p minimum alcohol price the day after to distract from the granny tax – attack poor people more generally
4. Cash for cosy dinners in the No10 flat – you don’t count unless you’re rich
5. The pasty tax, even though an EU directive (or else Osborne would be sued by fish and chip shops) – poor people again and no way he could admit that he takes his orders from the EU
6. Petrol panic – an attempt to distract from all the other bad news?
7. Snooping on everyone – another episode of throwing T May to the wolves with her pathetic excuse about catching one murderer by taking away everyone’s civil liberties.

So a little bit more than a PR disaster or lack of a spin doctor. Nobody could spin this amount of incompetence.


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  1. Owen Blacker

    Ouch! RT @sunny_hundal The chart from hell: how government approval collapsed over March, since the Budget http://t.co/pcxllYdJ

  2. J Kearns

    Was this the day they stole our NHS to give to their chums in the city? http://t.co/Amvaf14W

  3. Amjad Ali

    Chart from hell: How govt approval collapsed in March http://t.co/LQ515G61

  4. Rich Clare

    Chart from hell: How govt approval collapsed in March http://t.co/LQ515G61

  5. Marzia Nicodemi-Ehik

    The Government's approval rating now stands at -43! > http://t.co/qeLmOh8d via @libcon

  6. Jaikiranmaram

    The Coalition's chart from hell: how government approval collapsed in March http://t.co/ed7FlU5y (from @libcon)

  7. Ian Hall

    Was this the day they stole our NHS to give to their chums in the city? http://t.co/Amvaf14W

  8. Helen M McLean

    The Coalition's chart from hell: how government approval collapsed in March http://t.co/ed7FlU5y (from @libcon)

  9. Daniel Pitt

    The Coalition's chart from hell: How government approval collapsed in March http://t.co/uMmymGDq #LibTories #elections #democracy

  10. Gov Manslaughter

    The Coalition's chart from hell: How government approval collapsed in March http://t.co/uMmymGDq #LibTories #elections #democracy

  11. Matthew Goodfellow

    Chart from hell: How govt approval collapsed in March http://t.co/LQ515G61





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