Ethics election poll watch: Business confidence in Clegg surges (ComRes)

By Press Office
April 19, 2010

UK business leaders became much more confident in Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's during April, according to a poll by ComRes published today (Monday).

Between March and April, business confidence in the better known UK politicians picked up, but Clegg was the main beneficiary. Asked if they had confidence in Clegg, 41 per cent of the 170 chief executive officers and directors of the UK businesses said yes.

That rating is up from 20 per cent in March. Confidence in David Cameron rose to 65 per cent from 55 per cent of respondents, and in Gordon Brown to 28 per cent from 19 per cent.

How confident or otherwise are you in the ability of each of the following?

Alistair Darling 32 (+11)
George Osborne 49 (+7)
Vince Cable 66 (+9)
Gordon Brown 28 (+9)
David Cameron 65 (+10)
Nick Clegg 20 (+21)
Peter Mandelson 35 (+10)
Ken Clarke 76 (+10)

Polling took place between April 13 and 16, a period that straddled the first televised debate between the three party leaders.

Ekklesia is reporting on the polls from a perspective in line with our 'ethics election' initiative. This will include specifically highlighting what's happening to the smaller parties and 'others' who often get ignored in the polls, but could be important in a balanced/ hung Parliament

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