“We need to talk about Ed”
That was the original title of Anthony Wells’s brilliant post on UK Polling Report yesterday. He has now changed it to “Is Ed Miliband a drag on Labour’s support?” A Question to Which the Answer is, You Think?
This is the graph that is worth several thousand words of analysis. It shows that Tony Blair was more popular than his party (blue line below red). Gordon Brown was too, to start off with, but then tracked the Labour Party closely. Then Ed Miliband opened up a large gap the other way, averaging 18 points behind his party.
Despite recent reporting of how much better Miliband is doing, however, his rating relative to that of the Labour Party has not changed. Labour is more popular, therefore, but its leader is just as much a drag on the party as he ever was.Tagged in: ed miliband, opinion polls
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