I don’t normally do a post everyday on YouGov’s daily tracking figures – it is, after all, the trend that counts, not the change from day to day. This one is worth noting though. Following on from the net approval rating of zero yesterday, YouGov’s net approval for the government tonight is minus 2 – 39% approve of the government, 41% disapprove of the government. This is the first time the coalition have scored a negative approval rating.

Voting intention tonight is at CON 41%, LAB 38%, LDEM 13%


479 Responses to “YouGov’s government approval turns negative”

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  1. @EOIN
    I must add in case you get my age wrong yet again, this is 30 odd years ago.

  2. Roland,

    If I had a pound everytiem you arrived at my mothers door to pull down an illegal radio mast I would be a rich man…

    You guys used to prend she could pick up your exchanges- as a matter of fact you were just peeved she had us listening to Radio Moscow.

    I can say you lot appreciated her humour- she used to wind you up no end lol.

  3. “I’d welcome him back as our leader in the morning”

    Just woke up from a nice nap… you mean he’s not still PM? :(

  4. Roland,

    Another anecdote if I may… you lot arrived for a house search one morning (in the usual diplomatic manner). I had hidden my dads spectacles to wind him up.. they’d been missing for days. Of course, you lot found them, to which he very courteously thanked you (much to your annoyance). When you lot left- my brother and I ‘got it’ for hiding his specs. I never did get you back for that.

  5. Scottish Tory Councillors are, generally speaking, to the left of the Orange Book Dems! Anybody who will fight for a lost cause (i.e. the Tories in Scotland) is deserving of some kudos. But still, I won’t vote for them. 8-)

  6. @EOIN
    I did not participate in the usual house performance, that was left to the [email protected] hats.

  7. Amber – I wait with baited breath…… Karaoke??? For or against?

  8. Roland,

    Yes Green Jackets/ Black Watch and Dorsets :) The craic to be had with those lot I can tell ya. The youngsters used to patrol white as ghosts…. :) I must , however, thank them for an endless supply of free cam cream :)

  9. For clarifications sake a [email protected] hat is anyone of whatever rank who has not undertaken and passed “P” COMPANY and obtained his wings for parachute jumping from an aircraft. Such a man wears a red beret and parachute wings. All others are [email protected] hats.

  10. Wales Online have coverage of the YG poll fo rWales. Things are not as rosy for Labour in wales, as it would seem.

    h ttp://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/08/26/poll-predicts-no-labour-majority-in-assembly-poll-91466-27139660/

  11. Very interesting piece on Cannabis in California on CH4 at moment.
    Looking at legalising, and TAXING cannabis.
    There will be a public vote later in the year. Estimated to generate half a billion to a billion pound tax take in the City of Oakland alone.
    This could be very interesting indeed in my opinion.
    The world will watch this very carefully. If it works – creates revenue and reduces crime – a world needing money might be very interested.

  12. @ Eoin

    “Thus, Liverpool will lawyas be a thorn in your side”

    @ Roland

    “I feel more at home in Leige or Antwerp than I would in Liverpool”

    @ Howard

    “Perhaps we could give it a sort of Hong Kong status.”

    Just arrived home and I’m catching up.

    None of these is really true and none of them is really incorrect. Ever since I came to the UK, I have lived here even though it was a massive cultural shock. Which made me try to understand the place.

    In Liverpool Tories are more centre, Liberals are more right and Labour is all over the place. Tories were quite strong here – there was a very strong Tory working class vote and it still exists.

    With the low educational attainment in general (although LJMU helped somewhat after 1992) there is a hotbed for a kind of anarchism (and not Labour or Communist) in which rebelliion and subserience (if nothing else for the awe of business achievement) can easily co-exist.

    With the collapse of the docks, the main employer is the council, which creates a strong union base (which is mercilessly exploited by various “leftist” groups at the cost of the members) and self employment that lives at the fringes of the market (including taking whatever possible from a job to another (even if it does not belong to the entrepreneur), undercutting and shabby jobs). I know that it’s not unique to Liverpool, but…

    A Labour Party that has been learning rapidly since the 1970s (although what certain Labour Party big whigs did between 1985-1991 was just unacceptable and unforgiveable – among them FF from over the water and he is treated what he is here).

    In spite of these underlying tendencies, there are interesting mainly surface changes, but some of these changes are like mushroom, dispersing spores and establishing themselves. There is quite a bit of mobility within the city. There is a new service oriented employee group (mainly women) whose values are radically different. The investments starting with Heseltine and followed by investments after 2001 start to have some fruition. NWDA really did a good job, even though there was plenty of wasted money, but I take it as a trade off.

    Furthermore, the reorganiation of the wards and constituencies created very mixed areas (especially if mobility is also considered). You have many constituencies with non-voting out-of-sight unemployment class, left leaning lower middle class and Tory or Liberal (not LibDem around here) self-employed class where every member of the family votes to different directions (so nicely shown during the last elections).

    So – everybody can find their own here in Liverpool (even Communists – there is a pub where there is a picture of the young Stalin, although not even the barman knows who he is on the picture).

    Yet, both the underlying tendency and the new mushrooms for the foreseeable future puts Liverpool Labour and as the LibDems couldn’t get Wavertree in May, they won’t get it in the next and after that and after that….

  13. @Sue Marsh

    It appears that GWB’s tax cuts for US superrich are coming to expiry, so there is some outrage that they might not be renewed (characterised as ‘soak the rich’). Hillary made a speech earlier this Summer extolling Brazil’s high tax, high growth economy.

    It would confuse things for the anglo-saxon model if the US turns progressive.

  14. Laszlo wrote
    although not even the barman knows who he is on the picture).

    Did I tell you about when my wife and I were sat in a bar in Perth?
    My wife said of a picture on the wall
    ‘he looks like Mick Jagger, I wonder who it is.’

    A voice through clenched teeth said ‘that’s Rabbie Burrrns’.

  15. @ Howard

    Wonderful :-).

    I tried to beg him for the picture (it’s an ancient union poster) and offered him all kinds of things (posters of various types), but no chance – perhaps I should tell him who that person is.

  16. Very interesting piece on Cannabis in California on CH4 at moment.
    Looking at legalising, and TAXING cannabis.
    There will be a public vote later in the year. Estimated to generate half a billion to a billion pound tax take in the City of Oakland alone.
    This could be very interesting indeed in my opinion.
    The world will watch this very carefully. If it works – creates revenue and reduces crime – a world needing money might be very interested.

    Sue,

    I would watch it but I am watching a rerun of Yes Prime Minister, where Jim Hacker wants to abolish the Department of Education and Science to save on bureaucracy, and give money direct to schools…..sounds familiar….

    Regarding drugs, I am totally convinced that the policies of the last few decades – make it illegal and just say no – has been an abysmal failure. It has put up the price of drugs on the street, making it a lucrative trade for crooks to get into. I think that most of the anti-social aspect of drugs use and the related crime is mostly an aspect of the illegal nature. Sell drugs under licence, but cheaply, and the whole criminal element is removed. Regulated clean drugs, tax revenues and life would be much better.

    The model of licensing used for other harmful substances such as alcohol should be used (by the way alcohol causes more deaths, misery and family breakups than drugs by a large factor.)

    Controversial, but I wish a UK Politician would have the guts to really do it (apart from the Welsh chap I can’t remember!)

  17. just read the post on AD’s retirement from the front bench

    very strange, i feel very sad about it. AD and HH are my favorite reds

  18. Richard,

    I do agree with you AD. I think you need luck and timing in Politics. TB came along at the right time, and had a good run as a result of this (his political skills were excellent too), as did Mrs T.

    AD was excellent in trying circumstances, so his flower never truly blossomed :-( I am sure all parties have had average. I am sure that all parties have someone like AD.

  19. @ Richard in Norway

    Hopefully he will stay in the HoC for decades… we can sit tight and watch for any change in those eyebrows. :)

  20. AD was excellent in trying circumstances, so his flower never truly blossomed :-( I am sure all parties have had average. I am sure that all parties have someone like AD.

    Correction

    AD was excellent in trying circumstances, so his flower never truly blossomed :-( I am sure all parties have had average MP’s who have have had luck and risen to the top, and people of great calibre who have had no luck and never achieved their potential

  21. I have just responded to Sue’s comment about dr*gs, and is in moderation, despite containing no offensive words other than dr*gs.

    Anthony,

    I think my post is reasonable and I hope you can let it through pretty please :-)

  22. Wikipedia have a very good illustrative breakdown of each county or region from the GE 2010.

    If you click on the area that interests you they colour code each seat by who won

    Here is mersyside’s

    h ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MerseysideParliamentaryConstituency2010Results.svg

  23. This is “greater” manchester’s

    h ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GreaterManchesterParliamentaryConstituency2010Results.svg

  24. @Garry K – Many aspire to the status of elder-statesman/woman… but few have the record of achievement and wise counsel to merit that honour.

  25. @ Billy Bob

    Sometimes these Elder States people come from unlikely places.

    For me I really admire Dennis Skinner, who did not do anything great other than be a superb MP for his Constituents and always stick to his principles no matter which way the wind was blowing.

    AD would be an asset in the House of Lords or Commons, but I suspect he has options that are better paid, but with less grief than front line politics. He does seem to be a great family man, and modest in a nice way. I really hope he has a good, happy life.

  26. @ Sue,

    I didn’t want to freak you out. Of course I love karaoke – especially Sing Star for the PS. I pretend I’m Amy Winehouse & sing Valerie (I always think of Charles Kennedy when I sing the ‘ginger hair’ line. Making a total ass of yourself in your own home, it’s awesome.

    Because my son plays drums in a band, he & all his friends will get up & perform at the drop of a hat – so I usually leave it to them, in public anyway. ;-)

  27. h ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Parliamentary_constituencies_in_Tyne_and_Wear

  28. Amber – Not Valerie!!!!!!!

    Right that’s it, we’ll have to sing at some Labour party do complete with enormous black wigs, tattoos and satin gloves. We can drive in in matching sports cars with our calculators

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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