The Davis Democratic Deficit (II)

Peter Riddell in The Times reports on the latest polling “Clarke is well ahead in the public’s rating about who would be the best Tory leader, at 41%, against 10% for David Davis, and the rest nowhere, according to the latest Populus poll for The Times, undertaken over the weekend. Even among Tory voters, Mr Clarke is ahead at 55% (up 26 points since mid-July), against 16% for Mr Davis (down 10 points). David Cameron is 2% among all voters, and 3% among Tories.”

It gets worse for Davis at association level: “A survey of 100 Conservative association chairmen by The Times has shown that Mr Clarke is favoured by a majority of almost two to one over his nearest rival, David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary.”

Ordinary voters would give a Clarke led party more parliamentary seats: “If Mr Clarke were to become Conservative leader, the party would boost its vote share from 33% in May to 37% … If Mr Davis were to become leader, the Tories would not improve on their showing last May and Labour would be ahead by 43 to 33%.”

Basher’s camp argues that these results merely reflect the fact Davis is less well known, once he becomes leader he’ll gain in popularity – presumably by kissing lots of babies. Just like IDS and Hague did…




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