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Blair Government Falls to 22% in Britain

Angus Reid Global Scan | May 17 2006

Few Britons are content with the performance of the administration headed by prime minister Tony Blair, according to a poll by Ipsos-MORI. 22 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the way the government is doing its job, down five points since March. The rating for Blair stands at 29 per cent.

In May 2005, British voters renewed the House of Commons. The governing Labour party secured 356 seats, followed by the Conservatives with 197 and the Liberal Democrats with 62. Labour leader Blair has served as prime minister since 1997. In October 2004, Blair vowed to retire at the end of his third term in office. Chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown has been mentioned as his possible replacement.

On May 4, Britain held local elections. The Labour party lost control of 18 councils, while the Tories gained control of 11—the party’s best showing since 1992. The Conservatives received an estimated 40 per cent of all cast ballots, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 27 per cent, and Labour with 26 per cent.

Yesterday, some members of the Conservative party said they would support the education bill proposed by the current government in the House of Commons. Shadow education secretary David Willetts declared, "We backed the bill at a second reading and I think it would be wrong for us to change our position. Provided the government doesn’t change the substance of the bill, we will continue to back it."

Up to 100 of the Labour party’s current parliamentarians are opposed to the prime minister’s plan—which seeks to give schools greater freedom—claiming that it could eventually lead to a two-tier system, where schools pick the best students to help improve their exam rates.

Polling Data

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the government is doing his job?

May 2006
Mar. 2006
Feb. 2006

Satisfied
22%
27%
31%

Dissatisfied
68%
65%
60%


Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Tony Blair is doing its job?

May 2006
Mar. 2006
Feb. 2006

Satisfied
29%
31%
28%

Dissatisfied
64%
62%
60%

Source: Ipsos-MORI
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,078 British adults, conducted from Apr. 27 to May 2, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

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