Last week David Cameron said that he would not stand for a third term as Prime Minister, meaning that, if his party wins the general election in May, then Mr Cameron’s latest departure from Number 10 will be in May 2020, potentially giving him an entire decade as Prime Minister.
The polling suggests that Mr Cameron made the right decision, with voters overwhelmingly backing his move, despite some criticism.
Respondents were asked the following question:
“This week David Cameron announced that if he wins the general election and serves another term as Prime Minister he would NOT stand for a third term in 2020. Do you think David Cameron was right or wrong to rule out standing for a third term as Prime Minister?”
A total of 50% of respondents said he made the right decision, well ahead of the 21% saying that it was the wrong decision. 29% said they did not know.
Furthermore, out of Conservative voters, 62% said he made the right decision, ahead of the 17% who disagreed.
In addition to this, another sign that Cameron has made the right move was indicated when voters were asked the following question:
“Does David Cameron ruling out standing for a third term make you think more positively about him, more negatively about him or does it make no difference?”
17% said his decision made them feel more positive towards Mr Cameron, ahead of the 10% in disagreement. The rest said it made no difference or that they did not know.
Overall, the polling suggests that David Cameron has made the right decision, with the added bonus that some voters will feel more positive towards him because of it. This poll will tackle some of the criticism that David Cameron has got from his decision to rule out a third term, which will be good for the campaign.
The election is just over five weeks away, and when the people cast their votes we will know if David Cameron will have his second term - let along a third.
The full results of the YouGov poll can be found here.