Is the Opposition Ready for Government? (Trends 1994-present)

Q On balance, do you agree or disagree with the following statements: 'The Conservatives/Labour are ready to form the next Government'?"

Q On balance, do you agree or disagree with the following statements: 'Labour is ready to form the next Government'?"

  Agree Disagree Don't know   Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree
  % % %   % % % % %
15-19 December 1994 66 25 9            
19-22 January 1996 56 33 11            
21-24 June 1996 58 32 10            
24-27 January 1997 58 32 10            
8 April 1997 55 33 12            
20-24 May 2011† 31 57 5   12 19 7 24 33
13-15 April 2013† 29 58 6   10 19 8 23 35
 14-17 June 2014 35  52    12  23  21  31 
 8-10 November 2014  23 61  4   16  12  26  35 
February 2015 33 52 3   11 22 12 19 33
May 2016 27 63 6   13 14 5 22 41
May 2017 30 60 4   12 18 6 17 43
September 2019 27 62 2   12 15 9 16 46
November 2019 32 59 1   12 20 8 13 46
August 2020 29 47 6   9 20 19 20 27

Base: c. 1,000 GB adults aged 18+

†Asked as "Do you agree or disagree that Labour is ready to form the next government?"

 Q On balance, do you agree or disagree with the following statements: 'The Conservatives are ready to form the next Government'?"

  Agree Disagree Don't know   Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree  Tend to disagree Strongly disagree
  % % %   % % % % %
18-23 May 2000 23 60 17            
22 May 2001 25 66 9            
11-16 September 2003 21 64 15            
18-19 April 2005 35 57 8            
18-20 July 2008* 45 40 4   19 26 9 18 22
15-17 August 2008* 58 29 3   21 37 10 14 15
12-14 September 2008* 54 30 4   19 35 12 15 15
17-19 April 2009* 41 36 7   13 28 16 19 17
25-27 September 2009* 50 35 5   18 32 11 15 20
19-22 March 2010 49 41 3   19 30 8 20 21
18-19 April 2010 47 41 4   19 28 7 18 23
12-13 May 2010† 65 26 3   35 30 6 11 15

Base: c. 1,000 GB adults aged 18+ *Asked as "To what extent do you agree or disagree that the Conservatives are ready to form the next Government?" †Asked as "To what extent do you agree or disagree that the Conservatives are ready to govern?" (Asked shortly after the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government)

Q To what extent do you agree or disagree that the Liberal Democrats are ready to govern?

  Agree Disagree Don't know   Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree  Tend to disagree Strongly disagree
  % % %   % % % % %
12-13 May 2010 40 48 3   11 29 8 23 25
10-12 February 2015 33 52 3   11 22 12 19 33

Base: c. 1,000 GB adults aged 18+

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