Wednesday, September 01, 2010

People and things that are more popular than Tony Blair

Reading Tony Blair's analysis about why Labour lost the election, I was reminded of a piece of post-election analysis done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research:

They asked, amongst other things, the following question:

"I'd like to rate your feelings toward some people and organisations, with one hundred meaning a VERY WARM, FAVOURABLE feeling; zero meaning a VERY COLD, UNFAVOURABLE feeling; and fifty meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the number the more favourable your feelings are toward that person or organisation. If you have no opinion or never heard of that person or organisation, please say so."

The Labour Party got an average score of 44.8, with 38% positive and 47% negative.

Gordon Brown got an average score of 39.3, 33% positive, 55% negative.

David Miliband got 41.9, 21% positive, 37% negative.

Ed Miliband 39.9, 15% positive, 36% negative.

Ed Balls 35.6, 14% positive, 43% negative.

The European Union scored 41.4, immigration to Britain scored 37.5, Israel scored 38.7, and the Palestinians scored 45.6.

Tony Blair scored 36.2, with 25% positive and 60% negative.

So more people who voted in the 2010 election had negative views of Tony Blair than of Gordon Brown, either Miliband brother, Ed Balls, the European Union, the Labour Party, immigration, Israel or Palestine.


At 12:56 pm , Anonymous Liam Murray said...

I'm not sure what point's being made here. That Tony's analysis of why Labour lost is wrong because he attracted more negative views than a range of other issues?

Both Nick Clegg & David Cameron scored c.49 - second only to the NHS and well above GB or Labour so does that somehow validate their policy platform?

At 8:22 pm , Blogger septicisle said...

Seeing as Blair's analysis seems to amount to a:) Gordon abandoned New Labour policies, therefore Labour lost (he didn't, but that's besides the point) b:) Gordon was a disaster, therefore Labour lost and c:) if I'd still been prime minister we would have won, I think Don's point is fairly plain; Blair would have lost the election just as Brown did.

At 4:09 pm , Anonymous gastro george said...

I'm no Brown supporter, but without Brown's support, Blair would have lost the 2005 election.


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