For the third month in a row, more Labour supporters are dissatisfied (50%) than are satisfied (41%) with the Government, giving a net rating of -9.A quarter (26%) of the public are satisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Prime Minister and two in three (68%) are dissatisfied. These are similar to last month's ratings, in which 27% were satisfied and 66% dissatisfied.
David Cameron's ratings also closely match last month's - 46% are satisfied and 37% are now dissatisfied with his performance.
Nick Clegg, for the third month running, sees improved satisfaction ratings - 44% are satisfied, and 28% dissatisfied with his performance, giving him a net satisfaction score of +16 (compared to Cameron's +9). While over a quarter (28%) still say they `don't know' whether or not Clegg is doing a good job, this compares favourably with two in five (41%) feeling this way in January this year.
Fewer think that the economic condition of the country will improve in the next twelve months than think it will get worse, unlike last month when optimists outnumbered pessimists for the first time since the turn of the millennium. One in three (34%) think the economy will improve while four in ten (40%) feel it will get worse. The Economic Optimism Index (those who think it will get better minus those who think it will get worse) is therefore -6, a 17 point drop from last month's 12 year high of +11. This drop in optimism is likely to reflect negative headlines in the past month about continuing job losses on the back of the ongoing economic slowdown.