Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has a higher level of positive responses than his brother and rival Ed.

Labour voters appear to be warming up to David Miliband, and almost half of them consider him as a good choice to lead the party, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative national sample of 2,002 British adults also found that a majority of respondents are satisfied with the work carried out by Gordon Brown when he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Labour Party Race

Across Britain, 34 per cent of respondents believe former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband would be a good choice to lead the Labour Party. His brother, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is second of the list of suitable candidates with 24 per cent, followed by former Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls with 18 per cent.

Two other politicians—Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell and Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas—are at five per cent.

Amongst Labour Party voters, David Miliband is also ranked first (49%), followed by Ed Miliband (35%) and Ed Balls (31%). McDonnell and Cruddas are in single digits.

The survey was conducted before Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott and former Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham had announced their candidacies, and before Cruddas ruled out becoming a contender.

Gordon Brown’s Legacy

A majority of respondents (54%) provide a positive review of Gordon Brown’s tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer, but are less convinced about his performance as leader of the Labour Party (40%) and Prime Minister (35%).

A large proportion of Labour supporters believe Brown did well on all three jobs, while Conservatives say he did poorly on all of them. Three-in-five Liberal Democrat voters (59%) think Brown did very well at 11 Downing Street.

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From May 14 to May 16, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,002 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2% for the entire sample. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.