A popularity poll of cabinet members, as voted by ConservativeHome readers, has shown a startling picture of Tory Party leadership’s unpopularity with its grassroots — so embarrassingly so that David Cameron appears to have been dropped from the poll.
Whilst sinking ratings for the embattled Jeremy Hunt and Sayeeda Warsi aren’t surprising, David Cameron’s absence is conspicuous indeed. Cameron had appeared in at least the previous three such polls, and May’s rankings had seen him slide 34 points from December.
George Osborne’s ailing score — plunging into a negative rating since last month — reflects a similarly tough month for him, dogged with budget U-turns and political embarrassments. The fact that his Lib Dem scapegoat at the Treasury, Danny Alexander, comes in over thirty points ahead of him doesn’t do either of them any favours.
The presence of two former Tory leaders — and a tipped future one — in the top three won’t be turning any frowns upside down in Number 10.