The UK public are sceptical of Ed Miliband’s ability to lead a country after a poll of more than 2,000 people revealed they thought Al Murray would make a better Prime Minister.
Asked ‘Who would make the best Prime Minister?’ 28.7% opted for David Cameron, 26.3% for Al Murray, 14.9% for Ed Miliband, 12.4% for Nigel Farage, 10.5% for Natalie Bennett and 7.2% for Nick Clegg, in a poll carried out by Hotwire, an integrated PR and communications agency.
The fact that one in four respondents think Al Murray would make a better Prime Minister than any of the other party leaders shows just how disillusioned voters have become with mainstream politicians.
“These findings underline the extent of voter apathy in Britain, with more people fancying the pub landlord as Prime Minister, instead of Ed Miliband. It is vital that the main political parties invest more time engaging with electorate to break down these barriers and restore trust in the political process,” said Steven George-Hilley, Head of Public Sector at Hotwire
The new man with a pint
There’s a new man with a pint in town and he’s proving significantly more popular than his UKIP counterpart. Al Murray, pub landlord, received 26.3% of the vote, way out in front of Farage, who he’s running against in South Thanet.
It won’t make pretty reading for Clegg or Miliband either, who scooped just 7.2% and 14.9% respectively. Both party leaders are struggling to gain the trust of the electorate, and that showed in the Hotwire poll.
I agree with Natalie
Bennett took 13.9% of the vote with voters aged 18-24, suggesting the Greens are now the acceptable protest vote on the left.
The leader of the Green Party of England and Wales was also less than 2% behind Nigel Farage.
Nick Clegg popular as ever
It’s not a fun time to be a Lib Dem. In 2010, as many as one in four voters were prepared to back Nick Clegg as Prime Minister. That’s now dropped to one in 14.
Clegg was also rock bottom of the 18-24 demographic, suggesting even his traditional vote has completely abandoned him.
It’s easy to dismiss Al Murray as a joke – he is a walking piece of satire after all. However it appears a lot of voters are prepared to back anyone but the mainstream politicians, which further suggests that the 2015 General Election will be one of the most unpredictable in recent history.
Hotwire used Google Consumer Surveys to poll 2,162 people from across the United Kingdom. In the run up to the 2012 US Presidential Election, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times found Google Consumer Surveys to be more accurate than the vast majority of US polling companies.
1. David Cameron – 28.7%
2. Al Murray – 26.3%
3. Ed Miliband – 14.9%
4. Nigel Farage – 12.4%
5. Natalie Bennett – 10.5%
6. Nick Clegg – 7.2%
Results from 18-24 year olds:
1. David Cameron – 29.6%
2. Al Murray – 25.8%
3. Ed Miliband – 14.5%
4. Natalie Bennett – 13.9%
5. Nigel Farage – 8.3%
6. Nick Clegg – 7.8%