Chancellor Gordon Brown's poll ratings have plummeted in the wake of new
revelations about his £5 billion tax raid on pension funds in his 1997 Budget,
according to two new surveys tonight. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times
found that more than half of voters - 52% - now believe he has been a bad
Chancellor, as against 41% who thought he had done a good job running the
That represents an almost exact reversal of the position a month ago when
51% said that he had a good record in No 11 as against 41% who thought he had a
poor one. Asked whether he was fit to be Prime Minster in the light of the
disclosures over his handling of pensions, only 27% said that he was, as against
57% who said he was not.
Just 11% said they thought he would make a better Prime Minister than
Tony Blair, while 38% thought he would be worse. At the same time, an ICM
Research poll for the News of the World found that 57% hold him responsible for
the current shortfall in pension funds. That rises to 69% among voters aged 55
and older. Overall, 44% said Mr Brown's handling of the pensions issue would
harm his chances of winning the next election if, as expected, he succeeds Mr
Blair as Labour leader. Again that rises among older voters to 55%.
Overall the YouGov poll put the Conservatives on 39%, one point up on last
month and eight points ahead of Labour on 32% - down one on a month ago. The
Liberal Democrats are unchanged on 16%.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Polls Bring More Bad News for Gordon Brown
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