Processing snags associated with the new software underpinning the ConservativeHome Members’ Panel means the latest results are only being published today. November’s questions – all focusing on David Cameron’s first year as Tory leader – will go into the field next week and will be turned around at the usual speed.
The latest overall results are bullet-pointed below:
- Satisfaction with David Cameron rose slightly to 76% and dissatisfaction fell by a similar amount (by 3% to 24%). The net satisfaction rating of 52% is the best for three months.
- Both William Hague and George Osborne saw strong increases in their standing. William Hague’s rating (+70%) is still below top-ranked David Davis (+84%) but he has reversed some of the slippage that followed his management of the delay to EPP exit and his criticism of Israel’s response to the Lebanon crisis. George Osborne’s rating (+50%) is the highest since March. Both Hague and Osborne may have been boosted by strong party conference speech performances.
- Andrew Lansley appears to be benefiting from the extra exposure that Tory health policy has gained since the party conference. Members are seeing more of Andrew Lansley and are liking what they see. His rating of +33% sees him better education spokesman David Willetts (+31%) for the first time in this series. Only this week Mr Lansley was leading the Tory charge against Labour’s failure to end mixed-sex wards.
- Other rankings: Francis Maude +7% (who benefited from a flattering blog post by Watlington this week); Theresa May +9%; Oliver Letwin +18%; Caroline Spelman +25%; and Liam Fox +51%.