1,087 members voted in this survey which we put into the field at 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.
The net approval for Ken Clarke’s appointment is particularly interesting. When we asked in December if members wanted Ken back we got a fairly narrow 50% to 41% ‘yes vote’. That has widened markedly now with just 22% disappointed at the decision now that it has been made.
Members are evenly divided however on the new Shadow Business Secretary’s impact on the party’s European policies. 37% fear that he will "block any moves towards more Euroscepticism" and 39% think he won’t.
Other survey findings are very positive:
- 76% agree that "the shadow cabinet is now punchier, readier for battle";
- 75% agree that "the economic policy team is much strengthened";
- 71% agree that "Grayling, Pickles and Clarke protect the party leadership from Labour’s ‘Tory Toffs’ attack";
- Only 26% agree that "the reshuffle shifts the party somewhat towards the Left".
- 62% agreed that "President Obama will have no big effect on British politics";
- 24% agreed that "President Obama’s representation of change will help Cameron politically";
- Only 14% agreed that "President Obama’s fiscal stimulus package will help Brown politically".