Cam more unpopular than Brown in ’10


9:30 am - May 16th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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David Cameron’s personal approval ratings have fallen so far he is now more unpopular than Gordon Brown when he left office in 2010.

I kid you not.

Below is a graph by Ipsos-Mori, from their latest monthly political monitor.

David Cameron’s negative net approval rating of -28 (satisfied minus dissatisfied) is down eight points since April, while Nick Clegg’s net rating of -39 is also down by the same amount. Both are their worst ratings ever.

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I like a bit of Cameron kicking as much as the next man, but that’s slightly misleading, Sunny. Brown did plumb lower depths and was less popular 24 months into his premiership – the fact Cameron is now less popular than Brown was in May 2010 doesn’t actually tell us an awful lot beyond “the electorate are in a bad mood” and, well, duh.

The thing that really strikes me about that graph is the popularity of Tony Blair. Wow.

1/Jonn: “Cameron slightly more popular than Thatcher was at the start of 18 consecutive years of Conservative government” would be another obvious headline, as would “no-one really likes Prime Ministers”

Blair had the advantage that he wasn’t John Major, had no credible opposition, a strong economy, and didn’t do anything particularly unpopular (except for a brief dip around the fuel crisis) in his first term. In the full graph (page 8 of http://www.ipsos-mori.com/Assets/Docs/political_monitor_May2012_charts.PDF) his ratings are relentlessly negative and falling after that, ending in around Brown or Major levels

Yeah, I realised after posting that, looking at the scale, that graph of Blair’s popularity must stop some time in early ’03. I wonder if anything happened then to dent his reput- Oh.

“Cameron more popular than any Prime Minister since Thatcher except Blair at this stage of his Prime Ministership!”

I kid you not…

Who cares?
Failing the LimpDamps walking and a vote of no confidence which is then not reversed within 14 days (I think), we’re stuck with this lot until 2015.

An altogether more interesting question is ‘what will Britain look like after another three years of the coalition’?

6. Dissident

@Barrie J

Britain will probably resemble a banana republic, gated communities, fortress mansions, glittering skyscrapers etc in a sea of shanty town squalour. Paradise for tories like SMFS

The fact that the economy will also resemble a banana republic’s would be a great victory for tory ideology, they do after all want to roll back a century or two, like all good conservatives!

7. Albert Spangler

Yeah, as others have said, it’s not that useful. I’d like to gloat, but that graph also shows that Gordon Brown was, at some point, more popular than Thatcher and Blair.

What will matter is how popular Cameron will be by the time of the next election. Which is a shame because policies should trump personal popularities, but apparently we’re stuck with this godawful system. Our government risks turning into a load of daytime TV presenters at this rate. Ugh.

Cameron is the face of evil !

9. Chaise Guevara

@ 6 Dissident

“Britain will probably resemble a banana republic, gated communities, fortress mansions, glittering skyscrapers etc in a sea of shanty town squalour. Paradise for tories like SMFS”

Oh no it won’t. A leading first-world country doesn’t turn into a complete shithole in three years, unless it’s invaded or has a civil war (and no, there won’t be one of those either). Britain in 2015 will be like Britain now, only with more people badly off, and a load of irritating Olympic crap cluttering up London.

I wonder how many people believe this sort of stuff, and whether you’re genuinely among them. There seems to be a category of person that constantly expects revolution or a swift fall into dystopia, based on their pet peeve with the status quo, and regardless of the lessons of history. I bet if I trawled HYS long enough I could find someone seriously predicting an uprising over fortnightly bin collections.

10. Albert Spangler

But the revolution was scheduled for next week…

11. Chaise Guevara

Outsmarted by the dustmen again!

People who didn’t like Brown are idiots. I can’t get inside the minds of those morons, he was the best Prime Minister since Callaghan.


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