Denseman on the Rattis

Formerly known as the Widmann Blog


Political honeymoon

Camden against the cuts, 1980
Originally uploaded by nicksarebi

YouGov have measured the popularity of the new government (PDF here).

The overall approval rating of 60% (vs. 33% disapproval) is perhaps not great.

However, what I find astonishing is that it seems to be popular in the entire country:

  • Both sexes (men 62%, women 57%)
  • All ages (18-34 61%, 35-54 56%, 55+ 61%)
  • Both social grade bands (ABC1 65%, C2DE 53%)
  • All countries/regions (Scotland 58%, London 55%, South of England 70%, Midlands/Wales 58%, North of England 49% [vs. 44% against])

In fact, the only group against the government is Labour voters, who naturally enough disapprove (25% for, 68% against).

Both Tories and LibDems approve (by 87% and 69%, respectively).

I dare say this is very positive.

I’m sure a Tory-only government wouldn’t have been that popular in Scotland, for instance.

Hopefully the new government will make good use of its honeymoon with the voters!

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