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Cameron good leader but ‘out of touch’ as poll points up Tory image problems

Cameron good leader but ‘out of touch’ as poll points up Tory image problems

🕔16.Apr 2015

The Conservative Party’s image problem ahead of the General Election was further underlined today by an opinion poll which found that although a majority of voters see David Cameron as a capable leader, almost two-thirds of the public regard him as “out of touch”.

While Mr Cameron continues to have the highest satisfaction score among any of the party leaders and a “clear vision for the country”, three-quarters of respondents to an Ipsos MORI poll believe the Prime Minister favours some sections of society more than others.

The poll for the London Evening Standard has Labour on 35 per cent, up one point since March, and the Conservatives unchanged on 33 per cent.

UKIP are on 10 per cent, sharply down from 13 per cent in March and 16 per cent last autumn when the party won two by-elections. The Green Party is up to eight per cent, one ahead of the Liberal Democrats who are on seven per cent.

The results are in line with recent polling by Lord Ashcroft, which demonstrated that while voters back the Conservative economic policies and respect a “willingness to take tough decisions” they also fear that the Tories are predominantly concerned with protecting the rich.

It is noticeable in the Ipsos MORI poll that Ed Miliband’s profile has increased, probably as a result of his appearance on the leaders’ television debate and the increased number of media interviews he has given.

Mr Miliband is seen as a capable leader by a third of respondents, while a quarter thought he would be good in a crisis. The proportion of voters happy about how he is doing his job has risen from 28 to 33 per cent, the best figures for the Labour leader since last October..

  • Satisfaction in David Cameron is at 39 per cent satisfied, with 53 per cent dissatisfied, giving him a net rating of -14.
  • Satisfaction in Ed Miliband is 33 per cent, with 52 per cent dissatisfied, giving him a net rating of -19 (up from -31 in March).
  • Satisfaction in Nick Clegg is up by 1 point since March. 27 per cent say they are satisfied with Clegg verses the 58 per cent who say they are dissatisfied. This gives him a net rating of -31.
  • Satisfaction in Nigel Farage is down 5 points from March. 30 per cent say they are satisfied with Farage, with 56 per cent who are dissatisfied (up 9 points from March). This gives him a net rating of -26.

Unsurprisingly, the poll suggests that neither the Conservatives nor Labour will win an outright majority at the General Election on May 7. The results also confirm that many voters are yet to decide which party to back – only six in 10 voters say they have definitely made up their minds, while almost four in 10 say they might change their minds.

Only a third of those supporting the Liberal Democrats say they have definitely decided.

The poll shows that the squeeze on UKIP support is continuing.

Personal ratings for party leader Nigel Farage are now almost as bad as Nick Clegg’s, with 56 per cent saying they are dissatisfied with his performance – the highest figure recorded by Ipsos Mori.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said:

The first weeks of the campaign haven’t helped either main party stake out a clear lead.

Labour have a marginal advantage, amid some signs that Ed Miliband’s ratings are improving – but like most opposition leaders he still lags behind on key Prime Ministerial attributes, so there is still all to play for.

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