Miliband enjoys another summer poll boost
The top line from the latest Independent on Sunday/ComRes poll at the weekend was 44% of people saying George Osborne should be replaced as Chancellor.
But we also repeated the leadership questions, asking if David Cameron was turning out to be a good PM, and if Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were turning out to be good leaders of their respective parties.
As the graph above shows, Miliband continues to enjoy the best of the polling, now standing at -17%, his best rating since he took on the Murdoch empire a year ago and leapt to -14%.
Cameron’s collapse in popularity has been the most dramatic. Having been on -4% in May last year, he is now down to -27%, only one point higher than his worst (-28%) seen in May 2012.
Clegg isn’t quite at a new low: his -42% rating is only marginally better than the -43% he enjoyed in December. It means his gradual polling improvement in 2012 has been all but wiped out.
One other thing which I found striking was the extent to which Clegg and Cameron’s highs and lows appear to mirror each other in the last year: steady in summer 2011, sharp drop in December, upkick at the start of 2012, and a fresh plunge since Easter.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,006 GB adults online from 18th to 19th July 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
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