Brown's first year in office has seen the fastest fall in personal ratings for160a Prime Minister ever recorded. His ratings are currently as low as John Major's were after Black Wednesday, in the years before Labour's 1997 victory under Tony Blair. Brown's first year also sees the deepest economic gloom Ipsos MORI has recorded since1601980: seven in ten people (69%) now160believe that the general economic condition of the country will get worse over the next 12 month.
June's data, carried out between 13-15 June among 1,012 adults age 18 and over,160 shows the Conservative party on 45% and the Labour party on 28%, a Conservative lead of 17 points.
Other key findings from this month include:
- Almost three quarters (73%) of the public are now dissatisfied with the way the Government is running the country, and just one in five (21%) are satisfied
- Seven in ten (70%) are dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Prime Minister
- Among Labour supporters, equal numbers are satisfied and dissatisfied with Mr Brown (45%)
- Half the population (50%) is satisfied with the way David Cameron is doing his job as leader of the Conservative Party, and three in ten (30%) dissatisfied, while one in five (21%) don't know
- 82% of Conservative supporters are satisfied with Mr Cameron, and just 9% are dissatisfied (and 35% of Labour supporters are satisfied with Mr Cameron, compared to just 9% of Conservative supporters satisfied with Mr Brown)
- A third (33%) are satisfied with the way Nick Clegg is doing his job as leader of the Liberal Democrats, and a quarter (24%) are dissatisfied
- Almost two-thirds (63%) of Liberal Democrat supporters are satisfied with Mr Clegg, and 14% are dissatisfied
- Seven in ten people (69%) now believe that the general economic condition of the country will get worse over the next 12 months; this is the lowest score Ipsos MORI has recorded since March 1980
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,012 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 13th-15th June 2008.160 Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
Where percentages do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, the exclusion of "don't know" categories, or multiple answers.160 An asterisk (*) denotes any value of less than half a per cent. Voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote, are undecided or refuse to name a party.
The facts may have changed on Brexit - but people’s minds have not
Reflecting the national vote in the 2016 referendum, voters in Bedford split almost the same way, with 51.8% voting to leave the EU. Two years on, we joined the BBC Radio 4 Today programme to ask local Bedford residents what they have to say on the matter now.