Labour supporters stay loyal to Tony

Labour supporters stay loyal to Tony

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    The bad headlines are barely having an impact

Even though he is under the most intensive media pressure the detailed numbers, just out, from Sunday’s YouGov poll show that those planning to vote Labour are overwhelmingly loyal to the triple General Election winner Tony Blair.

  • A total of 85% think Tony Blair is doing well in the job – only two points below the way Tory supporters are rating David Cameron.
  • The Labour supporters disagree by 41-34 with the suggestion that “Rich donors have too much influence over the Labour government”
  • They reject by 36-28 the notion that “the prime minister has given peerages in return for party donations and loans
  • By 67-15 they do not agree that Tony Blair is sleazy
  • When asked about Tessa Jowell the same group was much less charitable. By 44-33 they thought that her separation from her husband was “not genuine but only to save her career”

    The YouGov findings were very similar to ICM’s Guardian survey last week for which the full data is now available. This had 72% of Labour supporters declaring themselves “satisfied” with Tony Blair compared with 68% of Tories saying the same about David Cameron.

      The real challenge for Blair now is that he seems to have lost the support of several important parts of the media and the stories could just run and run.

    Keeping Rupert Murdoch and the Sun on side might be critical. For if the fellow Oxford-educated media tycoon turns against him then surely Blair will have to adjust his departure timetable.

    What could also be key are the May local elections. The expected Labour set-backs could be covered by the media as being fatal. It will be recalled that in May 2003 there was a huge expectation that a poor Tory local election performance would act as a springboard to IDS’s departure. The Friday edition of the Today programme seemed to be all set-up to report on Duncan Smith’s demise. The only problem was that his party won 600 seats.

    In the “When will Blair go” betting the money has been piling on a 2006 departure.

    Mike Smithson

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