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Churchill Best, Brown Worst As Britons Assess Their Prime Ministers

Wilson, Macmillan, Attlee and Thatcher all garner positive ratings, while eight other heads of government are in negative territory.

From Angus Reid Public Opinion

Winston Churchill remains a revered political figure in Britain, while a majority of respondents consider Gordon Brown as a bad head of government, a 2009 Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
A young Churchill in the August 1904 edition of “Review of Reviews”
The online survey of a representative sample of 2,025 British adults asked respondents to say whether the 13 politicians who have lived at 10 Downing Street since the end of the Second World War have been “good” or “bad.”

Three-in-five Britons (74%) think Churchill was a good prime minister, while only six per cent believe he was bad. Almost half of respondents (47%) think Margaret Thatcher was a good head of government, but 40 per cent believe she was bad.

Along with Churchill and Thatcher, three other British prime ministers managed to get a larger proportion of “good” responses than “bad” responses: Harold Wilson (37% to 18%), Harold Macmillan (28% to 12%) and Clement Attlee (21% to 10%).

At least two-in-five respondents believe three of the last four British prime ministers have been bad: David Cameron (44%), John Major (45%), and Tony Blair (48%).

The lowest ranked head of government is Gordon Brown, with the proportion of negative reviews outranking positive ones by a 3-to-1 margin (65% to 19%).

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