But a majority of respondents predict that the new government will not last more than two years.

People in Britain appear satisfied in the early days of their coalition government, but many predict that the agreement will not last more than two years, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 2,002 British adults, 57 per cent of respondents approve of the coalition agreement reached by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, while 31 per cent disapprove.

Tories (84%) and Lib-Dems (73%) are particularly happy with the deal, while two-thirds of Labour voters (65%) dislike it.

However, almost half of respondents (47%) believe the coalition government does not reflect the will that voters expressed on the 6 May General Election—a view shared by seven-in-ten Labour voters (71%) and 35 per cent of those who voted for either the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats earlier this month.

The Coalition

More than half of respondents (54%) believe the coalition government will last two years or less, while 29 per cent believe it will be in place for more than two years.

More than two-in-five respondents believe the coalition government will have a positive effect on the United Kingdom (46%), democracy in the UK (45%), the UK’s economy (44%). Respondents also foresee a positive effect for the Tories (44%) and the Lib-Dems (44%), as well as a boost for the UK’s international reputation (39%). Conversely, 47 per cent believe that the coalition government will negatively affect the Labour Party.

The Leaders

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg begins his tenure as Deputy Prime Minister with a majority of respondents (56%) expressing a favourable opinion of him. Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is slightly behind (52%), while only 38 per cent of respondents have a favourable view of departing Labour leader Gordon Brown.

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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.