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Satisfaction With The Chancellor since 1976

Published:10 April 2014
Fieldwork:1976 - 2014
Sub-Theme:Other Political Trends

Q Can you tell me whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way … is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer?

* EOI [(Economic Optimism Index)] included for comparison purposes: where marked with an asterisk these are taken from a separate poll in the same month

Base: c. 1,000 - 2,000 British adults 18+ EOI* Satisfied Dissatisfied Net
satisfied
  % % % ±%
Denis Healey
April 1976   66 20 +46
March 1977   44 46 -2
April 1978  +24 67 28 +39
Geoffrey Howe
July 1980 -39 52 38 +14
March 1982 -4 45 45 0
June 1983 +2 45 46 -1
Nigel Lawson
March 1985 -22 34 53 -19
March 1986 -8 39 48 -11
March 1987 +16 44 43 +1
March 1988 +11 42 49 -7
March 1989 -14 37 53 -16
John Major
March 1990 -42 39 37 +2
Norman Lamont
March 1991 -1 37 40 -3
March 1992 +4 37 50 -13
March 1993 -9 18 70 -52
Kenneth Clarke
December 1993 -6 31 49 -18
December 1994 -16 17 70 -53
November 1995 -18 24 52 -28
December 1995 -16 28 57 -29
November 1996 0 38 42 -4
December 1996 -9 34 51 -17
Base: c. 1,000 - 2,000 British adults 18+ EOI* Satisfied Dissatisfied Net
satisfied
  % % % ±%
Gordon Brown
July 1997 +10 52 20 +32
February 1998 +2 44 28 +16
March 1998 +4 56 24 +32
November 1998 -31 45 29 +16
February 1999 -15 47 28 +19
March 1999 -6 50 33 +17
November 1999 +4 51 29 +22
February 2000 -10 42 36 +6
March 2000 -5 48 37 +11
July 2000 -10* 52 38 +14
September 2000 -17* 34 55 -21
November 2000 -6 41 44 -3
March 2001 -29 55 32 +23
April 2002 -5 57 28 +29
November 2002 -27 39 37 +2
March 2003 -39 45 34 +11
April 2003 -18 48 34 +14
Early March 2004 -18 43 34 +9
Late March 2004 -18* 46 38 +8
November 2005 -27 49 35 +14
February 2006 -28 47 36 +11
December 2006 -27 42 42 0
April 2007 -31* 32 45 -13
Alistair Darling
March 2008 -47* 28 44 -16
March 2010
+7
36 51
-15

 

Base: c. 1,000 - 2,000 British adults 18+ EOI* Satisfied Dissatisfied Net
satisfied
  % % % ±%
George Osborne
June 2010 -5 40 23 +17
March 2011 -28
36
45
-9
December 2011 -48
38
45
-7
April 2012
-18
28 58
-30
March 2013 -30 27  60  -33 
April 2014 +25  47  44  +3 
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