Two years in, Tory voters disapprove of the government’s domestic reformsby Peter Kellner / April 23, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
As David Cameron approaches his second anniversary as prime minister, YouGov’s latest poll for Prospect brings him some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that the public’s verdict is reasonably positive on his biggest challenges—sorting out the public finances and working to strengthen Britain’s economy in the long term. The bad news is that voters give his ministers low marks on all five features of the domestic social agenda that YouGov tested.
To gauge voters’ attitudes, we took ten objectives that Cameron himself has stressed since he entered Downing Street. In each case we asked voters to rate the government’s performance as excellent, good, fair, poor, bad or terrible. The graphic shows the percentages of people who delivered one of the three positive verdicts, compared with those who delivered one of the three negative verdicts. The net score shows the difference between the two—a plus sign indicates more positive than negative responses; minus indicates a preponderance of negative responses.