For the first time, the Prime Minister's net approval rating is lower than Jeremy Corbyn's
David Cameron’s approval ratings had nosedived even before he admitted (on his fifth attempt) to previously owning shares in his late father’s offshore firm, Blairmore Holdings.
A YouGov poll, published today, shows that Cameron’s approval rating is at its lowest point since 2013. Just 34 per cent of people believe that he is doing well as Prime Minister, while 58 per cent feel he is doing badly. For the first time, his net approval rating (-24) is worse than Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s (-22).
Additionally, just 23 per cent of people trust Cameron to deal with issues of tax avoidance, against 39 per cent who would trust Corbyn and 25 per cent who would trust Boris Johnson.
Fieldwork for the poll was conducted after details of the Panama Papers were published but before the PM admitted to his holdings in Blairmore, which is likely to have further eroded public trust.
However, the steepest drop is among UKIP and Conservative voters, suggesting that Cameron’s declining approval may be the result of his stance on Europe, rather than tax evasion.
Tens of thousands of people on Twitter are calling on the Prime Minister to step down, under the hashtag #ResignCameron. Senior Labour MPs have accused him of hypocrisy, while some backbenchers have supported calls for his resignation.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.