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Chancellor George Osborne Gets Record Popularity In New Poll

22/04/2014 12:53 BST | Updated 22/04/2014 13:59 BST
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LONDON - APRIL 09: Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling (R) debates with his Conservative shadow George Osborne in a BBC news television interview near Parliament on April 9, 2010 in London, England. The General Election, to be held on May 6, 2010 is set to be one of the most closely fought political contests in recent times with all main party leaders embarking on a four week campaign to win the votes of the United Kingdom electorate. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

George Osborne has bounced back from the days when he was booed at the Olympic Stadium as his popularity as chancellor has reached a record high.

Nearly half (47%) of Britons say they are satisfied with Osborne's performance as chancellor, in a massive leap from last year when just 27% said the same, according to an Ipsos Mori poll.

This means Osborne's satisfaction rating is at its highest since he took over, while 44% are dissatisfied with his chancellorship.

Osborne's 47% satisfaction rating means more Brits are happy with his chancellorship than ever were with his Labour predecessors Alistair Darling and also Gordon Brown, in the twilight of his chancellorship.

Brown equalled Osborne's popularity in February 2006 and then his satisfaction rating slipped below 47% over the following months.

Ipsos MORI chief executive Ben Page hailed a "resurgent" Osborne in light of the latest positive poll findings.

However, he pointed out that Osborne's longtime predecessor Denis Healey, who received a 67% satisfaction rating in 1978, still was unable to stop the Labour government losing the election that following year as the Winter of Discontent set in.

George Osborne Looking At Things