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Gordon Brown's popularity hits historic low

world Updated: Aug 01, 2008 12:57 IST
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's popularity has hit a historic low, but even replacing him would not help save the ruling Labour Party from a general election defeat, a new poll has revealed.

In fact, according to the YouGov survey, 65 per cent of Britons feel that Brown is now a "liability" for Labour and not suitable for the post of Prime Minister.

However, none of his possible replacements, including firebrand Foreign Secretary David Miliband, can save the party from an general election defeat at the hands of Conservatives led by David Cameron, it found.

Though former Prime Minister Tony Blair emerged as the most popular Labour leader in the poll, it emerged that even he would lose to Opposition Leader Cameron, British newspaper 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

The findings came as a blow to Brown who is facing a rebellion in his own party, with Miliband calling for a change in Labour's leadership when it goes to the general election.

Moreover, according to the poll carried out this week, some 44 per cent of those surveyed believe that Labour Party's electoral prospects would improve if Brown is replaced, though the rest feel it would have no impact at all.

In fact, only nine per cent of voters believe Brown is "in touch with the concerns of people like me." Fifty-two per cent thinks he "lacks the qualities needed to lead Britain effectively through its current economic problems".

The survey has also showed that Labour remains far behind David Cameron's Conservatives. The Tories are on 47 per cent and Labour is on 25 per cent, a 22-point lead that would give Cameron a landslide victory at a general election.

YouGov surveyed some 2,000 adults across Britain. The data, it says, have been weighted to conform to demographic profile of British adults as a whole.