David Davis cannot have enjoyed his weekend. His campaign faced one blow after another. A YouGov poll gave his opponent a commanding lead. The Daily Mail endorsed Mr Cameron and then William Hague and Liam Fox did the same. Yesterday morning saw The Sunday Times declare for the frontrunner. The Economist, FT, Independent and Times had already endorsed Mr Cameron. The sluggish Telegraph is yet to nail its colours to the mast but it is unlikely to endorse the Shadow Home Secretary.
After the weekend of gloom Mr Davis will have enjoyed this morning's Today programme. A focus group of north London floating voters - assembled by Opinion Leader Research for that programme - gave a unanimous thumbs up to Mr Davis. None of the group's members wanted David Cameron - who was found to be too similar to Tony Blair (at a time when his star is fading) and had been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. David Davis, on the other hand, was thought to have the "common background", character and spirit to be a successful Tory leader. When asked to compare the two men to an animal one woman chose a leopard for Mr Davis. Like a leopard he wouldn't change his spots, she hoped.
Another compared Mr Davis to C S Lewis' Aslan - because of his character and charisma. David Cameron (who has been likened to Tolkien's Frodo) was compared to a monkey - he looks cute but could easily be aggressive, said one of the group's members.
This group's conclusions are not scientific, of course, and contrast with the findings of similar research carried out by Frank Luntz for Newsnight. You can hear the group's discussion by accessing the 7.10am slot on the Today Listen Again page.
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