David Cameron’s honeymoon period with the voters is over as new figures reveal that his support is on the wane.
A “poll of polls” for January shows more people are now unhappy than happy with the prime minister’s performance.
One survey even shows him as unpopular as Margaret Thatcher was in January 1980, at the equivalent stage of her first term.
The study was compiled for The Independent newspaper by John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University.
He said: “This is the first time since last year’s election that Mr Cameron’s net ratings have consistently been negative and suggests that the prime minister’s honeymoon appears to be over.
“The hard graft of trying to take the public with him through difficult times has now begun. Mr Cameron has lost his shine and doubts are creeping in about the government’s handling of the economy.”
The weighted average of the surveys taken by ComRes, ICM, Ipsos Mori and YouGov last month puts Labour on 42% (up two points on December), the Tories on 35% (down three), Liberal Democrats on 12 (up one point) and other parties on 11% (no change).
The Tories still lead when people are asked which party is likely to run the economy well.
The number of people who blame the spending cuts on the government has reached its highest level (26%) since the election, while 40% blame Labour.