George Osborne’s ratings have plunged, according to exclusive polling taken before and after his disastrous eighth Budget.
The full scale of the damage is revealed in Ipsos MORI research showing public hostility has grown towards the Chancellor, his policies and even David Cameron.
Among the findings that will agonise Mr Osborne’s supporters:
Six in 10 people are dissatisfied with Mr Osborne, including a third of Conservative supporters, compared with 46 per cent of the public in the month before the Budget.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who led opposition to cuts in disability benefits, has enjoyed a surge in his ratings, overtaking David Cameron.
The Conservative lead over Labour has narrowed to just two points, at 36 per cent — down three points — to 34 points, up one point.
A month before the Budget, Mr Cameron’s satisfaction rating beat that of Mr Corbyn by 39 to 30. Now, however, the Labour leader is narrowly ahead, by 35 to 34.
Before last year’s general election, marginally more people were satisfied with Mr Osborne’s performance — 43 per cent — than were dissatisfied — 42 per cent — making him one of the Conservative party’s key assets.
However, the post-Budget poll reveals that the public have turned hard against Mr Osborne, with 60 per cent dissatisfied and just 27 per cent satisfied.
Only 43 per cent think his policies will improve Britain’s economy in the long-term, while 49 per cent disagree, the worst result since Mr Osborne moved into the Treasury in 2010.
More than half, 53 per cent, think it was bad for the country, while just 30 per cent thought it was good, the worst net rating for 20 years.
A silver lining for the Chancellor is that his tax on sugary soft drinks is supported by seven in 10 people. However, the now abandoned disabled benefit cuts were opposed by an overwhelming 84 per cent.
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