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By Andrew Woodcock, PA Chief Political Correspondent Gordon Brown is the clear favourite to be the next Prime Minister, ahead of Conservative rival David Cameron, according to a poll released today.The survey for tomorrow's News of the World puts Brown a commanding 12 points ahead of Cameron as voters' preferred successor to Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street. Some 45% of those taking part chose the Chancellor as the best PM, against 33% for his probable opponent at the general election expected in 2009 or 2010. The result suggests that, despite giving the Tories a sustained lead in the polls since his election in December, Mr Cameron still has a significant mountain to climb before he can be confident of seizing power from Labour. The detailed results of the ICM poll indicate that, while Mr Cameron has to a great extent succeeded in presenting himself as a likeable personality, he is yet to persuade voters of his leadership abilities. Respondents rated Cameron as more presentable than Brown - by an overwhelming 61% to 22% - as well as more likeable and less arrogant. More said they would like to go for a drink with Cameron than with Brown, and a majority said they thought the Tory leader was more likely to stop what he was doing to help them out. Some 54% thought the Chancellor would avoid paying for a round of drinks, compared to 21% for Cameron. But Brown was rated most in touch with the issues that matter by a margin of seven points, most trustworthy (by 11 points) and the best leader (by seven points). Asked who looked most like a Prime Minister, those taking part in the poll plumped for Mr Brown by a margin of 43% to 40%. :: ICM Research interviewed 1,025 adults between February 23 and 25.
"Gordon Brown is the clear favourite to be the next Prime Minister, ahead of Conservative rival David Cameron, according to a poll released today.The survey for tomorrow's News of the World puts Brown a commanding 12 points ahead of Cameron as voters' preferred successor to Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street".
Absolute utter rubbish, so painfully obvious that it is rigged.
Yes, the poll may be rigged - like the Sun poll that put Labour ahead of the Conservatives,
two or three more years of constant Cameron with policies forthcoming, things are bound to change.
Chris... Do you mean you'll no longer think they need to rig it to put Brown ahead?
Should Gordon Brown be Prime Minister?
Yes 9% 37
No 91% 354
391 votes total
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Much more representitve!.
"Some 54% thought the Chancellor would avoid paying for a round of drinks"
The question wasn't who do you want to be Prime Minister, though. It was "who is more likely to make a good Prime Minister". Fundamentally different.
I'm not sure Brown really has the gravitas portrayed but at least it is good to see people choosing as if they were looking for a leader rather than a game show host.
"Answerable?", yes people who do speak the plain obvious truth these days are answerable under the Bliar Labour regime arent they.
But, Iandale i respect you, your blog, your views and i respect the policy you are bound to.
Respect and regards.
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