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The mood darkens

But poor ratings for the government are not yet disastrous

By Peter Kellner   October 2012

After two years in which millions of voters gave the government the benefit of the doubt, opinion is now hardening against George Osborne’s economic policies. This can be seen from YouGov tracking data, and a new survey conducted exclusively for Prospect.

There have been three stages to the evolution of the public mood. At first, ministers could deliver a simple message. Labour had screwed up. We, the coalition, have to take painful decisions, but they are not our fault. Britain will emerge stronger than before.

After a few months, when that enthusiasm…

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