Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Miliband Blow as Poll Reveals Only 13% Think He Can Be PM; Exclusive

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Miliband Blow as Poll Reveals Only 13% Think He Can Be PM; Exclusive

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

ED MILIBAND suffered a crushing new blow today as a poll revealed only 13 per cent of the public think he is ready to be prime minister.

Even among Labour supporters, a clear majority of 58 per cent say they are "dissatisfied" with his performance as leader. Among the general public, three times as many say they are dissatisfied with him as are satisfied, and his ratings have crashed below Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's.

The dismal findings, from pollsters Ipsos MORI for the Evening Standard, threaten to overshadow a major fightback speech that Mr Miliband is due to stage in London tomorrow.

One Labour MP said: "If the numbers carry on like this he will have to go by Christmas, irrespective of whether there is someone waiting in the wings to take over. We cannot go into a general election knowing we are going to lose." However, shadow chancellor Ed Balls dismissed the poll, saying: "The polls have been bouncing around for months. The only poll that matters is the general election."

Labour is down four points since October to 29 per cent, while the Conservatives are up two points to 32. It is the biggest Tory lead since October 2010. Alarmingly for Labour, there has been a sharp drop in the proportion of people who think the party and its leader are fit to run the country.

In June this year, 22 per cent thought Mr Miliband was ready to be prime minister and 65 per cent thought he was not. Now, however, the figures are 13 per cent and 73 per cent.

Twenty-three per cent of people think Labour is ready to form the next government but 61 per cent disagree. That is also worse than in June, when the figures were 35 to 52. Only 21 per cent say they are satisfied with how Mr Miliband is doing his job, while 26 per cent are satisfied with Mr Clegg. …

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