Newsnight opinion poll: political leaders
Gordon Brown is considered less in touch with ordinary people than either
of the leaders of the two opposition parties or Tony Blair, according to a Newsnight opinion poll.
The poll was carried out within the last
two weeks but before Tony Blair's announcement that he was
standing down as leader of the Labour party and Prime Minister.
The poll results will be broadcast today at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
Only 30% of those polled thought Gordon Brown, current Chancellor and favourite to become Prime Minister, was "in touch with
ordinary people" compared to 40% who thought that of Conservative Leader David Cameron and
34% of Tony Blair.
More than half of those interviewed thought Gordon Brown was "arrogant"
(55%) whereas around a third (36%) thought this of David Cameron and
just over a fifth (21%) of Sir Menzies Campbell, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Asked to say whether he was trustworthy less than a third replied yes for
Gordon Brown (31%) – compared to the 38% who felt David Cameron was
trustworthy or 41% who said that of Ming Campbell.
More than half of those questioned thought Gordon Brown was tough (59%)
and "has firm principles" (54%). That was more than the third (34%) who
felt David Cameron was tough.
More than half (55%) though that David Cameron was too concerned with
public relations and spin compared to 46% who felt that about Gordon
Brown. Nearly two-thirds of those interviewed (64%) felt that Tony Blair was
too concerned with public relations and spin.
Finally, more people thought Tony Blair was right about Iraq (22%) than
thought Gordon Brown was (17%). That compares with just over a quarter
(26%) who said David Cameron was right and almost a third (31%) who sided
with Ming Campbell.
Notes to Editors
The polling was carried out by Communicate Research on behalf of BBC
Newsnight. They telephoned 1,001 GB adults between 27 and 29 April
2007. Data was weighted to be demographically representative of all
Communicate Research is a member of the British Polling Council
and abides by its rules.
The same questions were asked about political
leaders by ICM on behalf of the BBC five years ago and then every year
since except 2005.
For further details see PDF document on the right-hand side of this page.