Saturday, 6 June 2009

53% of Labour members want Tony Blair back.

Channel 4 News has carried out a poll of Labour members asking for their opinion of Gordon Brown and his team (the word team is used very loosely):
Labour party members no longer have confidence in Gordon Brown's leadership - according to an exclusive poll carried out by Channel 4 News.

In a damning verdict on the prime minister - a majority think he should step down before the next election - and more than one in five think he should go now.

Two thirds believe Mr Brown isn't able to communicate his ideas effectively to the public - and almost half think he is weak and indecisive.

The survey also reveals the impact of the expenses crisis - Mr Brown's approval rating has plummeted from 77 per cent in February to just 54 per cent today.

That gives him the worst performance ratings in Cabinet - the only ministers with lower scores were James Purnell and Jacqui Smith - and both of them have now resigned. But there is good news for the man widely tipped as the next Labour leader - Alan Johnson - comes top - with an approval rating of 75 per cent.

Labour members are not impressed with the way Mr Brown has dealt with the expenses crisis either. In the survey - just one in four think he is done better than his rival party leaders - David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

And in common with the wider electorate - the scandal has put them off politicians in general - with half of party members saying none of the leaders has handled it well.

There is no comfort for the prime minister when it comes to his leadership qualities.

Most of the members think he should have sacked Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears over their expenses earlier - before they took matters into their own hands and resigned.

And less than half think reshuffling the Cabinet will do anything to strengthen the Government.

In fact - 53 per cent think the party would be better off if Tony Blair was still leader.

When it comes to a potential successor - Alan Johnson comes top of the poll - with 35 per cent - well ahead of the second choice - David Miliband, on just 12 per cent.

But just a handful of party members believe either man could lead Labour to victory in the next general election: although slightly more believe it's possible, although unlikely, for Labour to win under Mr Johnson.

And although Alistair Darling is still seen as a better Chancellor than Ed Balls - almost half of Labour members do not know - or want a different chancellor altogether. YouGov contacted some 800 Labour party members around the country for the poll - which was carried out in the wake of Thursday's local and European elections.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

McLabour would be OUT with the hated arch Traitor Bliar as leader aswell!.

McLabour and their supporters (all 5 of them) simply don't get it, people want them out REGARDLESS of who the leader is!.