Jeremy Hunt trusted by just 14%
David Cameron hits highest “not trustworthy” rating
With Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, appearing before the Leveson Inquiry today, an Ipsos MORI poll carried out earlier in May shows that just one in seven people (14%) believe him to be trustworthy while over half (54%) say he is not trustworthy. A third (33%) don’t know.
The Ipsos MORI poll also shows that the leaders of the three main political parties all have negative trust ratings.
While around four in ten Britons trust all three leaders, around half do not trust Nick Clegg (51%) and David Cameron (54%) while 46% say Ed Miliband is not trustworthy. This represents David Cameron’s highest “not trustworthy” rating Ipsos MORI has recorded (though his lowest net trustworthy rating was in August 2007). The current Prime Minister’s trustworthy ratings are very similar to those of Gordon Brown’s in his last month in Number 10, though nowhere near as bad as at the end of Tony Blair’s premiership.
Nick Clegg’s trustworthy ratings meanwhile have recovered from a post-tuition fees low, though they are still a long way off the high he experienced during the 2010 General Election campaign. In April 2010 two in three Britons said Nick Clegg was trustworthy compared to a quarter who said he was not trustworthy. By December that year that had been almost exactly reversed. Now, 41% say he is trustworthy and 51% say he is not.
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,006 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 12-14 May 2012. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.