Ed Miliband’s leadership rating drops five points in month

John Rentoul

Discouraging findings for the Labour leader in our ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow. We asked if people agreed or disagreed with this statement:

Ed Miliband is turning out to be a good leader of the Labour Party

______________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June

Agree:                         17%      22%      24%      22%     18%

Disagree:                      32%      35%      38%    39%      45%

Don’t know:                  50%      43%      37%     39%     37%

Net agree:                    -15        -13        -14       -17       -27

em1 300x263 Ed Milibands leadership rating drops five points in monthAfter our report last weekend that David Miliband still wants to be leader, we tested the popularity of alternative leaders. The don’t knows win it, but David is preferred by those who express an opinion, while Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper are not.

David Miliband would be a better Labour leader than Ed Miliband

Agree: 27%   (29% of Labour voters)

Disagree: 17%   (19%)

Don’t know: 57%   (51%)

Ed Balls would be a better Labour leader than Ed Miliband

Agree: 10%

Disagree: 40%

Don’t know: 50%

Yvette Cooper would be a better Labour Leader than Ed Miliband

Agree: 7%

Disagree: 37%

Don’t know: 57%

The Labour Party is unelectable as the party of government as long as Ed Miliband is its leader

Agree: 33%   (17% of Labour voters)

Disagree: 28%   (52%)

Don’t know: 39%

Another measure of Labour’s problems is that the party trails the Government on the NHS – when Jane Merrick put these figures to him when she interviewed him for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, he said: “It doesn’t speak to other things I have seen.”

The NHS would be safer under Labour than under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition

Agree: 34%


Don’t know: 30%

Voting intention

Labour is still level-pegging with the Conservatives:

Con       37% (-1)

Lab        37% (-2)

Lib Dem 11% (-)

Others   15% (+3)

Change since Independent on Sunday/Sunday Mirror ComRes online poll published 15 May.

And the Prime Minister’s rating has hardly changed:

David Cameron is turning out to be a good Prime Minister

______________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June

Agree:                         38%      38%      37%      39%     37%

Disagree:                      41%      43%      46%    43%      44%

Don’t know:                  21%      19%      17%     18%     19%

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg is turning out to be a good leader of the Liberal Democrats

______________Dec      Jan       Apr      May      June

Agree:                         26%      28%      24%      21%     20%   (52% of Lib Dem voters)

Disagree:                      49%      49%      55%    56%      57%

Don’t know:                  25%      23%      21%     24%     23%

Nick Clegg deserves some credit for making the Conservatives think again about their NHS changes

__________May                  June

Agree:              49%                  49%

Disagree:          26%                  27%

Don’t know:      25%                  24%

The Liberal Democrats would be more popular if they replaced Nick Clegg as leader

Agree: 25%

Disagree: 34%

Don’t know: 40%

Spending cuts

The Government is cutting public spending in a way that is fair to every section of society

___________Nov        Dec            Feb       June

Agree                   32%        30%           25%      25%

Disagree              52%        53%            59%     60%

I expect to be worse off personally as a result of the spending cuts

___________Nov        Dec            Feb       June

Agree                   65%        66%           69%      67%

Disagree              16%        16%           16%      16%

ComRes interviewed 2,008 GB adults online on 15 and 16 June 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at ComRes.

Photograph: Justin Sutcliffe for The Independent on Sunday

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  • Amato1

    All people really want is new labour planning for  the next level, and this is what they would have got with David Milliband. Instead we have a leader who is not the first who wanted the job but is not up to it, and heaven help us when he does come up with some policies because it is not what people will want to hear.

    There never was anything wrong with new labour, indeed it was so good that David Cameron promised that if Blair found himself unable to get his public sector reforms through he would complete the job as Conservative leader and he has been as good as his word.

    There is far more that unites both parties than divides them thanks to new labour and with the advent of Ed Milliband and declarations that new labour is dead, now comes the one thing labour does not want, a fight for a new identity for Labour, in other words a fight between the Blairites and Brownites.

    None of this is necessary, but thanks to Ed Milliband, and his rubbishing everything he did in government, and denying some or any fault of the deficit, he will not get the respect of the public and his party will not be trusted again for years with the public finances.

    The party will come to rue dumping David Milliband if it has not done so already.

  • JohnJustice

    The Big State which gives a helping hand to people who need it is unaffordable to people like you who just look after No 1, Mr Tierney. Hopefully you will not be representative of the electorate at large when they start making the connection

  • sacicr

    Unfortunately, as ever, it will all be decided by the gossip they read in the media.

  • munch58

    I saw Balls on Andrew Marr yesterday morning and when he was questioned about if he would still today have spent all those wasted billions on useless projects he said “yes” but gave not real answer as to why (a lack of substance to any of his arguments seems the norm), what with not being able to admit he got the economy wrong while working as one of Brown’s advisers and not being able to accept his sacking of Shoesmith was illegal as proven by the courts the fact he cannot accept he is ever wrong is a massive flaw which will ultimately work against him and labour.

  • sarntcrip

    the leader of her majesty’s loyal opposition provides no opposition whatsoever blending seamlessly into the westminster village, his background being very similar to the medsia wallers who frequent the village, all on similar incomesall equally clueless as towhat real people inthe real world are having to contend with!
    there is no point in agreeing publicly with the most unpopular government in years who have not dared to put their political agenda before the electorate his job is to oppose.
    telling public service workers  eaising familie on a fraction of his earningsthat they must acceptchanges to their pensions hich will render them even lower than the current prospective values is a disgrace there is no logic in saying the ‘private sector’ has realigned with cheaper pensionsso therefore the public sector must when the average public sector  pension is a fraction of private sector pensions, demolished as  many pensions have been by govt. advice to opt out of serps and black wednesday both of which did a whole lot more damage to pensions tan Gordon Brown ever didthe tuc and the opposition must call the government’s bluff on strike action and once again take to the streets
    the government must bemade to understand that wealthy individuals in a cabinet of millionaires cannot be seen to divide the nation still further by making public sector pensions worse than they are already forecast to be if the TUC and Milliband capitulate over this issue thenthe government will believe they can do anything they want to ordinary men and women across our land the government must be seen to befair it is not im pressive to talk about the taxpayer as if they are somehow a different section of society public sector workers are taxpayers albeit largely on lower incomes than their private sector counterparts

  • mightymark

    What JohnJustioce said and clever try – get everyone else to suffer for problems mainly of the bankers’ making and so achieve ideollogical ends people would never have voted for had they not been pannicked into doing so by such a ruse. Hopefully people will see through it in time.

  • mightymark

    Just to lay it on the line for the terminally Tory – the “welfare state” is as afforrdable as people want it to be. I can’t believe there are many of its present functions that people would want to scrap altogether so its simply down to whether they are provided via the public or the private sector. If what the Steve Tierney’s of the world mean is that only those who can afford private provison should get it then they should say so and end all this nonsense about what “we” can and cannot afford.

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