The Independent conducted a poll taken from those members of LabourHome, a site that provides a home for Labour’s online supporters.
They found that 54% of them wanted Gordon Brown to step aside for someone else.
Understandably the paper bigs up its own poll. See Grassroots turn against Brown.
What I find extraordinary is that the number against Brown is only 54%. It suggests that Gordon Brown’s conference showing might well be crucial – either to get his support in the Labour Party to increase with a good performance (and try get over 50% of Labour membership to support him), or on a bad to so-so performance see the numbers against him rise to a tipping point.
Especially when you look at the ratings given by Labour supporters to the Labour cabinet published on LabourHome.
Sept ’08: Only 8 members of Labour’s cabinet have made pass marks. The highest mark being Alan Johnston’s 6.18 out of 10.
And the bottom four:
Des Browne: 4.31 / 10
Gordon Brown: 4.3 /10
Ruth Kelly: 4.12 / 10
Alastair Darling : 4.07 / 10
Even among his own supporters Gordon Brown can’t get pass marks.
The lowest score Alastair Darling shows what a mess Labour has made of the economy. Even Labour supporters – presumably those that would argue that everything’s global and its not our (Labour’s) fault! – can’t even hide the fact that the chancellor is doing particularly badly.
(The Independent’s figures for this are slightly different, I guess because they took a snapshot over just 3 days.)
Motivation to campaign for the Labour Party is now at 4.8 / 10.