Friday, 25 July 2008

A successor to Gordon Brown

The Sun reported in May that an opinion poll showed that however unpopular Gordon Brown was the alternatives were worse:

"But Labour would be doing EVEN WORSE if Gordon Brown was dumped for another leader, our exclusive YouGov survey reveals....

Our poll shows that Labour would be in deeper trouble even if they were led by Tony Blair.

And it confirms potential successors Ed Balls, David Miliband, Jack Straw, Harriet Harman, Andy Burnham, Alan Johnson and James Purnell would ALL make things even worse in voters’ eyes.

Asked if voters would back Labour under a different leader, all of the suggested alternatives have a minus net reading.

This means they would all make Labour’s position in a general election worse...

YouGov asked voters if they would be more or less likely to vote Labour if a string of candidates were leader instead of Mr Brown.

Taking the two results, Tony Blair would have a minus three rating.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw would be on minus four and Foreign Secretary David Miliband the same.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson would also be on minus four as would Culture supremo Andy Burnham.

Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell notched up minus five.

And least popular would be deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman and Schools Secretary Ed Balls, both on minus 10."

Sweet reading isn't it?

1 comment:

John M Ward said...

Yes, I recall reading that with a certain wry satisfaction.

Heads we win, tails they lose!