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Thatcher, Wilson, Blair & Heath all rated above Cameron

John Rentoul
cameron thatcher 300x225 Thatcher, Wilson, Blair & Heath all rated above Cameron

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In our ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror, we asked: “In your opinion, is David Cameron a better or worse Prime Minister than —?” We asked them to compare him with each of the prime ministers since Harold Wilson, which allowed us to compile a league table of the best prime ministers since 1964:

1 Margaret Thatcher +23

2 Harold Wilson +10

3 Tony Blair +4

4 Edward Heath +1

=5 David Cameron 0

=5 James Callaghan 0

7 John Major -4

8 Gordon Brown -17

Scores are “David Cameron is a worse prime minister than —”, minus “David Cameron is a better prime minister than —”.

The detailed figures, compared with the last time ComRes asked this question in October 2011 (excluding Harold Wilson) are:

Prime Minister
Better
Change
From 2011
Same
Change
From 2011
Worse
Change
From 2011
Don’t know
Change
From 2011
Harold Wilson
17%
-
14%
-
27%
-
41%
-
Edward Heath
18%
-8
22%
-1
19%
NC
41%
+8
Jim Callaghan
21%
-7
17%
-2
21%
+3
42%
+8
Margaret Thatcher
16%
-5
28%
+1
39%
-1
18%
+6
John major
26%
-9
33%
+1
22%
+3
19%
+5
Tony Blair
30%
-3
24%
-1
34%
-1
12%
+5
Gordon Brown
43%
-6
19%
-2
26%
+4
12%
+5

And some of the breakdowns by party support:

45% of Conservative voters think he is a better PM than Heath and only 6% say worse; however this is almost the same score as for Harold Wilson (46% to 6% respectively)

46% of Conservatives think Cameron a worse PM than Thatcher, while 14% say better; among UKIP voters the ratio is 70% to 6%

29% of Lib Dems think Cameron a better PM than Blair and 24% disagree

16% of Labour voters think Cameron a better PM than Brown

ComRes interviewed 2,002 GB adults online on 13 and 14 February 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Usual voting intention results are here. Full tables at ComRes.

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