Party conference is in full swing – but satisfaction ratings with the Cabinet, as measured just before it began, are far from buoyant: even the best-rated ministers are performing less well than last month. Here’s what’s happened to the key figures:
- May in the red again… Last month we wrote that the Prime Minister (not long ago one of the most popular politicians ever to feature in our league table) had worked her way back to a small net positive score with members. After the Florence speech this upward trend has been arrested and she is now back below the line with an overall score of -1.7
- …But no bounce for Johnson. He has topped this month’s Next Tory Leader question, but his score in this league table is actually a point lower than last month’s – and he remains in tenth place. Many of those who aren’t for him seem to be very much against him.
- Davis. Gove. Fallon. September sees no change to the top of the table, with the Brexit, Environment, and Defence Secretaries holding the same positions as last time. Davis and Fallon do so on lower point scores whilst Gove has held steady, putting latter within touching distance of the top spot if he has a good conference.
- Hammond sinks yet further. Just like the Prime Minister, last month we found an upward tick in the Chancellor’s position which has been set back this month. At -37 Hammond is more than 14 points down on his already bleak -22.7 score of August and is closing in on Sir Patrick McLoughlin. Can the Budget put him back on track?
- Rudd drops 20 points. The Prime Minister hasn’t been the only Cabinet member to drop below the line this month: a small drop in Liz Truss’ score has put it back in the negative, but more dramatically Amber Rudd has seen her standing drop by a full 20 points, from 11.3 to -8.6.