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(05/26/10) -

Good Numbers for Cameron, Clegg in Britain

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The main players in the new coalition government garner the support of more than half of Britons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 54 per cent of respondents approve of David Cameron’s performance as prime minister.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The main players in the new coalition government garner the support of more than half of Britons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 54 per cent of respondents approve of David Cameron’s performance as prime minister.

In addition, 52 per cent of respondents approve of Nick Clegg’s performance as deputy prime minister.

In June 2007, Gordon Brown officially became Labour leader and Prime Minister, replacing Tony Blair. Brown had worked as chancellor of the exchequer. Blair served as Britain’s prime minister since May 1997, winning majority mandates in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections to the House of Commons.

On May 6, British voters participated in a General Election. The Conservative Party finished in first place with 36.1 per cent of the vote and 305 seats, followed by the Labour Party with 29 per cent and 258 seats, and the Liberal Democrats with 23 per cent and 57 seats. No party secured enough seats to form a majority government.

On May 11, Brown resigned as prime minister and Labour leader. Tory leader Cameron was invited to form a government by Queen Elizabeth II. Cameron announced that a deal had been made between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government. Liberal Democrat leader Clegg became deputy prime minister.

In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s speech is read by the monarch before both Houses of Parliament. The speech describes the government’s agenda, and discusses some of their planned bills.

Yesterday, the coalition government presented 22 bills in the speech, read by Queen Elizabeth II. The first priority of the new administration is to reduce the deficit—estimated at $225 billion U.S.—and restore economic growth.

Following the Queen’s speech, Cameron criticized the previous government, saying, "They gave us good spending; we will bring good housekeeping. This Queen’s speech marks an end to the years of recklessness and big government and the beginning of responsibility and good government."

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of David Cameron’s performance as Prime Minister?

Approve

54%

Disapprove

25%

Not sure

22%

Do you approve or disapprove of Nick Clegg’s performance as Deputy Prime Minister?

Approve

52%

Disapprove

26%

Not sure

22%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,984 British adults, conducted from May 21 to May 24, 2010. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)