(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in Britain hold positive views on the tenure of Gordon Brown at 11 Downing Street, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 54 per cent of respondents rate Brown’s performance as Chancellor of the Exchequer as good.

However, only 40 per cent of respondents think Brown did a good job as Labour leader, and 35 per cent feel the same way about his time as Prime Minister.

In June 2007, 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 David 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 Nick Clegg became deputy prime minister.

In his departure speech, Brown declared: "I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature, and a fair amount too about its frailties, including my own. Above all it was a privilege to serve. And yes I loved the job, not for its prestige and its titles and its ceremony, which I do not love at all. No, I loved the job for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more green, more prosperous and more just—truly a greater Britain."

Polling Data

Overall, how do you rate Gordon Brown’s performance in each of the following positions?

 

Good

Bad

Not sure

Chancellor of the Exchequer (May 1997 to June 2007)

54%

33%

14%

Labour Party leader (June 2007 to May 2010)

40%

48%

12%

Prime Minister (June 2007 to May 2010)

35%

56%

10%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,002 British adults, conducted from May 14 to May 16, 2010. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)