State of the Party survey: Mili-bounce back

8th February, 2012 11:33 am

At the turn of the year, LabourList readers were pessimistic about the performance of the Labour leader, with only 20% viewing his performance as Excellent or Good, compared to 51% percent who thought his performance had been Poor or Very Poor.

But Ed Miliband has bounced back this month, with a significant turnaround in his personal ratings that suggests you’re much happier with his performance over the past month. Now 43% of LabourList readers think that Ed Miliband is doing an Excellent or Good job (up 23 points) whilst 31% think that he has been Poor or Very Poor (down 20 points).

A significant factor behind the increased support for the Labour leader is his handling of Stephen Hester’s bonus. 77% of LabourList readers believe that Miliband was right to focus on the RBS man’s bonus, compared to just 20% who said he wasn’t.

However LabourList readers are much more divided on two other major issues around the economy – and neither will make happy reading for Ed Balls – LabourList readers believe that Labour’s approach to Tory cuts is wrong (by 51% to 43%) and disagree on Labour’s decision to back public sector pay freezes (by 51% to 44%).

Check LabourList tomorrow to see how the last month has impacted on your shadow cabinet rankings, and on Friday when we’ll be announcing January’s MP of the month…

721 LabourList readers voted in the survey, which ran from Wednesday 1st February to Tuesday 7th February. Thanks to everyone who voted.

  • Anonymous

    In short, your readers would like the Opposition party to actually oppose things.  It saddens me that you have to publish something so obvious in an attempt to reach your ‘leaders’.

    • L Pendrey

       Spot on, this is the weakest opposition I can remember in my lifetime. Which is hard to believe at a time like this.

  • Neil Partridge

    I wish i had known about the poll, my poor opinion of Ed Miliband has not changed and neither has that of the public at whole.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure Ed would be absolutely delighted…

  • Chilbaldi

    It depends which way you want to spin it I guess.

    A survey of Labour supporters returns an ‘undecided’ verdict on the leader. 43% think good or very good, while 31% think bad or very bad.

    If that is what Labour supporters think, what would the general public actually think?

    • Redshift

      To be fair, there has been a clear bounce back. Last time I voted poor, this time I voted average. He would have to have a serious cock-up for me to go back down to poor because since this survey, he has finally pulled his finger out his arse on the NHS. So I suspect next month I’ll either be average again or good.

  • http://twitter.com/Tristan_Cox Tristan Cox

    In terms of the economy, the question as to whether Labour’s approach to Tory cuts is correct will attract a negative response from a wide group of people i.e. (1) those on the right who think we should accept the Tory line and (2) those on the left who think we should not cut anywhere near as much as the Darling plan would see us cutting.

    This doesn’t produce the best data in my opinion.

  • E D Shaw

    How many people have particpated in this survey?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Great news.

    I think Ed’s made a lot more headway and impact since the New Year.
    Perhaps being very specific focusing on issues of public concern
    and interest- and following through in detail has cut through
    and been of greater relevance?
    Also, I think he’s spoken with a lot more conviction.

    Hopefully this year there will also be more substance on policy areas,
    and greater involvement from members and public supporters
    via the Refounding initiative?

    He’s certainly shown he has courage in the face of adversity,
    and is able to speak clearly and powerfully when the moment matters.

    I hope he gains in confidence and experience on the frontline-
    but it’s also about whole team approach and unity/collaboration
    beyond traditional boundaries- to build more of a movement
    with shared valued IMO.

    It also goes to show Mark, how fluid these polls can be?

    Maybe this too will be a crucial year for Labour’s fortunes.

    Thankyou, Jo.

  • Davidbrede

    Certainly he has had a better month and the party as a whole appears to be focusing on opposing the government and campaigning better to get its point across. 

    Clearly with Lansley fumbling the Health brief and Osborne showing his support for the bonus culture among bankers and others there is plenty of scope to expose the gaps between the government and the public. 

    Also Cameron cannot take tough decisions as was illustrated by Coulson and with the RBS affair this week so there is a lot of scope to force him to make uncomfortable choices.

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