19 May 2009

62% want Brown to go

An interesting poll over at LabourList:

62% of Labour members and supporters sampled think Gordon Brown should not be leader of the Labour Party at the next general election.

The number of Labour supporters who believe Mr. Brown should be replaced rises to 66% among those aged 26 to 35 and 81% amongst those polled over 65.

The top preferences to replace Mr Brown as leader were Alan Johnson (38%), Harriet Harman (10%), David Miliband (10%) and Jon Cruddas (8%).

Should Mr Brown step aside, Alan Johnson was favoured to replace him in every demographic breakdown by age, gender and region, though his level of support varies and is higher amongst men (40%) than women (27%).

The poll was taken last week before talk of an early election started to surface.

As I have said, the expenses scandal has probably saved Brown from a June coup.  Nevertheless evidence is out there that Johnson would have the backing of the party should Brown go.  A pity this is now unlikely to happen.

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