Rishi Sunak’s ranking in our latest Cabinet League Table – still second; lowest score as Chancellor since Covid; overwhelmingly positive raing – sets the scene for our survey’s post-Budget question.
Add together those respondents who thought that the Chancellor’s plans were either good or very good, and you have 58 per cent – a majority.
Under one in ten believe that Sunak delivered bad Budget: a very different response from that of some of the newspapers that they will read.
You can of course argue that 42 per cent of the replies did not give his plans a thumbs-up, but that is to include the 34 per cent who saw them as a mix of good and bad. The planned tax rises will doubtless count for some of the bad.
As an exercise, try dividing that 34 per cent by two, and adding half of it to the 58 per cent. You get 75 per cent – and, as it happens, the Chancellor’s net positive rating in that Cabinet League Table was 74 per cent.
That’s as fair a summing-up of the whole as we can manage. Finally, a balancing “very bad” category was lost between the conception and publication, for which we apologise.
It’s worth adding that its absence has made next to no difference. If you think the Budget was very bad, you’ll either tick “bad” as a substitute, or refuse to complete the question. Only one respondent out of 898 passed on the question, for whatever reason.