(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A majority of people in Britain agree with the coalition agreement between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 57 per cent of respondents approve of the alliance, whereas 31 per cent disapprove of it.

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 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 a joint press conference on May 12, Cameron defended the decision to form a solid coalition with the Lib-Dems, declaring, "This is much more than what could have been. We have taken the more difficult path, but a far more worthwhile one." Clegg assured that both parties share a common goal, stating, "This is based on a simple idea of stabilizing our economy, but also giving power back to people in their everyday lives."

Polling Data

All things considered, do you approve or disapprove of the coalition agreement reached by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats?

Approve

57%

Disapprove

31%

Not sure 

12%

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)