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85% of Tory members are dissatisfied with Vince Cable

By Tim Montgomerie

Cable and Red Box Vince Cable's rating has collapsed over the last month. In the first measure of grassroots feeling since The Telegraph secretly taped Mr Cable only 14% of Tory members say they are satisfied with the Business Secretary's performance. 85% are dissatisfied.

This rejection of Mr Cable is not necessarily an anti-Liberal Democrat phenomenon. Danny Alexander's rating rose during December. 63% of Tory members are satisfied with the Chief Secretary's performance with only 27% dissatisfied.

Most ratings are down this month, particularly Ken Clarke's. The three stronger performers are:

  • George Osborne, whose economic policy enjoys widespread support within the party.
  • Philip Hammond, who was on all our TVs and radios during the big freeze and was seen to do well.
  • David Willetts, who led for the Conservatives during the tution fees debate.

Tory members continue to feel positively towards the Coalition overall. 72% think it is a good thing for the nation. 25% think it is a bad thing. This is almost identical to end-November when the numbers were 75% and 23%.

The full Cabinet league table is below. Percentages equal total satisfied minus total dissatisfied. The latest ratings are in magenta. End-November ratings are in black. End-October rankings are in brackets.
  1. Iain Duncan Smith 85% | 84% (82%)
  2. George Osborne 76% | 74% (74%)
  3. Eric Pickles 71% | 75% (73%)
  4. David Cameron 70% | 76% (78%)
  5. Michael Gove 64% | 66% (68%)
  6. William Hague 63% | 67% (71%)
  7. Philip Hammond 60% | 55% (59%)
  8. Theresa May 60% | 64% (66%)
  9. Liam Fox 54% | 58% (60%)
  10. Jeremy Hunt 54% | 55% (56%)
  11. Nick Clegg 49% | 55% (53%)
  12. Andrew Lansley 46% | 53% (55%)
  13. Sir George Young 46% | 50% (49%)
  14. Lord Strathclyde 45% | 51% (51%)
  15. David Willetts 44% | 43% (45%)
  16. Danny Alexander 36% | 32% (33%)
  17. Baroness Warsi 34% | 39% (38%)
  18. Caroline Spelman 33% | 34% (33%)
  19. Ken Clarke 30% | 42% (46%)
  20. Owen Paterson 30% | 33% (33%)
  21. Patrick McLoughlin 29% | 32% (33%)
  22. Oliver Letwin 25% | 29% (33%)
  23. Francis Maude 22% | 30% (33%)
  24. Cheryl Gillan 22% | 28% (26%)
  25. Andrew Mitchell 20% | 26% (25%)
  26. Michael Moore 10% | 14% (13%)
  27. Chris Huhne -19% | -12% (-10%)
  28. Vince Cable -71% | -11% (-7%)

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