Farage’s ratings for a third party leader are pretty poor
With the seven way debate upon us shortly, I was trying to see the circumstances that led to the Cleggasm in April 2010.
Using the Ipsos-Mori leader satisfaction ratings as a proxy, Â we can see how Nigel Farage’s net ratings compare to Clegg in March 2010.
Then in April 2010 the public for a short time, ended up liking someone they already liked a bit more.
Given that that Farage and UKIP are the recipients of the None of the Above voters that the Lib Dems used to attract, and are effectively the third party of Great British wide politics, in the polls at least, compared to his predecessors of the third party/second opposition party, Farage’s ratings aren’t that good.
This may be a by product of the voters’ perception of UKIP, which sees them as the most extreme and least fit to govern party, Â as the most sleazy and disreputable party, and a racist party likely to have candidates with racist/extreme views.
So does this mean no Faragasm tomorrow night? I suspect the format of the debate is what is more likely to stop a Fargasm tomorrow night rather than Nigel’s poor ratings as a third party leader, but it does present Farage an opportunity to regain the UKIP voters he seems to have misplaced recently, as Lord Ashcroft’s marginals polling today was the latest to confirm this trend.