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Trustworthiness of Politicians - Trends

Published:31 May 2012
Fieldwork:2000 - 2012
Sub-Theme:Other Political Trends

Q And in general would you describe each of the following politicians as trustworthy or not?
Base: c. 1,000 GB adults aged 18+

Tony Blair / Gordon Brown / Conservative leaders / Lib Dem leaders

Tony Blair

  Trustworthy Not trustworthy Don't know Net
  % % %
21-22 September 2000 37 56 6 -19
13-14 October 2000 46 49 5 -3
30-31 March 2001* 53 38 8 +15
19-24 April 2001* 46 45 9 +1
26-27 June 2003 36 58 6 -22
25-27 July 2003† 41 49 10 -8
31 October-2 November 2003 35 58 7 -23
20-22 February 2004 32 60 9 -28
20-24 January 2005 32 57 12 -25
28-29 April 2005 32 61 7 -29
31 August - 6 September 2006 29 60 11 -31
8-10 June 2007
31 61 8 -30

* Asked as "...Tony Blair, the Prime Minister" in 2001
†Asked as "In general would you describe each of the following as trustworthy or not?" in July 2003

Gordon Brown / Ed Miliband

  Trustworthy Not trustworthy Don't know Net
  % % %
As Chancellor of the Exchequer
21-22 September 2000 29 62 9 -33
13-14 October 2000 41 48 11 -7
26-27 June 2003 52 37 11 +15
20-24 January 2005 50 31 19 +19
28-29 April 2005 52 36 12 +16
31 August - 6 September 2006 42 39 19 +3
8-10 June 2007 37 49 14 -12
As Prime Minister
8-9 August 2007 54 37 9 +17
10 October 2007 48 43 9 +5
18-19 April 2010 41 55 3 -14
Ed Miliband        
12-14 May 2012  43  46  12  -3 

William Hague / Iain Duncan Smith / Michael Howard / David Cameron / Jeremy Hunt

  Trustworthy Not trustworthy Don't know Net
  % % %
William Hague
21-22 September 2000 35 53 11 -18
13-14 October 2000 41 49 10 -8
30-31 March 2001* 36 51 13 -15
19-24 April 2001* 35 49 16 -14
Iain Duncan Smith
26-27 June 2003 48 36 16 +12
Michael Howard
31 October-2 November 2003 37 35 28 +2
20-22 February 2004 38 40 22 -2
20-24 January 2005 28 47 26 -19
28-29 April 2005 36 52 12 -16
David Cameron
31 August - 6 September 2006 36 29 35 +7
8-10 June 2007 34 46 21 -12
8-9 August 2007
36 50 14 -14
10 October 2007 44
40
16
+4
18-19 April 2010 43 51 5 -8
9-10 December 2010
41
 47  12 -6
12-14 May 2012  42  54  -12 
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary         
12-14 May 2012  14  54  33  -40 

*asked as "...William Hague, the Conservative leader" in 2001

Charles Kennedy / Sir Menzies Campbell / Nick Clegg

  Trustworthy Not trustworthy Don't know Net
  % % %
Charles Kennedy
21-22 September 2000* 53 21 26 +32
20-24 January 2005 47 29 24 +18
28-29 April 2005 61 25 14 +36
Sir Menzies Campbell
31 August - 6 September 2006 37 22 40 +15
8-10 June 2007 34 33 33 +1
8-9 August 2007
41 34 25 +6
10 October 2007 45
29
25
+16
Nick Clegg
18-19 April 2010 66 24 10 +42
9-10 December 2010 25  61  13  -36
12-14 May 2012  41  51  -10 

*Asked as "Charles Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat leader" in 2000

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