The overwhelming message of last night’s YouGov/ Channel 4 poll of sixty Labour marginals was positive for the Conservatives. As we noted, the Tories are on course for a 150 seat majority – even bigger than Mrs T’s 1983 landslide. 53% of voters in these seats don’t think a change of Labour leader will make any difference to the Government’s chances of political recovery. During the Channel 4 programme, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee repeatedly says that Gordon Brown can’t come back from the political dead. Watch her contribution and those of C4’s other guests, including George Bridges, here.
There was, however, one disappointing finding within the poll…
Perhaps the party is so far ahead that it doesn’t matter that 55% of target voters think David Cameron is lightweight? Other findings in the poll suggest that voters think his overall performance is good (and much better than Brown’s).
Perhaps Mr Cameron won’t ever be seen as heavyweight until he’s in office, taking big decisions?
What do you think? Is there anything Mr Cameron can do now to change this perception?