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Osborne overtakes Cameron in satisfaction league table

No major movements in this month’s ratings of the Cabinet by Tory members but, post-Budget, it is notable that George Osborne has overtaken David Cameron for the first time since the series began in January 2006. 85% of members are satisfied with the performance of both Cameron and Osborne but more people are dissatisfied with the Prime Minister (15%) than his Chancellor (10%). Osborne’s Budget impressed most party members and there is a clear consensus among them that tough decisions on tax and spending are essential for the success of the government. When asked to identify which early Coalition achievement was most important, a whopping 94% chose reducing borrowing from a list of 17 alternatives.

Iain Duncan Smith, William Hague and Michael Gove remain the best performing Cabinet ministers according to party members. Since last month's rankings, Jeremy Hunt appears to have dipped a little following his remarks about the Hillsborough football tragedy. Nick Clegg’s net satisfaction dropped from 52% to 45%. Chris Huhne has swapped with Vince Cable as Tory members’ least favourite Cabinet minister.



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