Historical rankings of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

Historical Rankings Of Prime Ministers Of The United Kingdom

Historical rankings of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

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Although many surveys have been conducted in order to construct rankings of the success of individuals who have served as President of the United States, until the late 1990s few had been done for Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. The Times constructed a poll for the first time of all British Prime Ministers in the lead up to the 2010 general election. Prior to this there were two polls in 1999 and 2000 which were done by BBC Radio 4 and the British Politics Group; both only consulted a relatively small number of experts. A wider reaching poll was conducted in 2004 by the University of Leeds and Ipsos MORI. All rankings involved only 20th century prime ministers, with no coverage for the other 31 pre 20th century Prime Ministers. Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Clement Attlee are consistently ranked highly in such polls, while Anthony Eden and Alec Douglas-Home frequently receive low ratings.

2010 University of Leeds survey

In 2010, the University of Leeds and Woodnewton Associates carried out a survey of 106 academics who specialised in British politics and/or British history since 1945.



Mori/University of Leeds survey

In 2004, the University of Leeds and Ipsos Mori conducted an online survey of 258 academics who specialised in 20th century British history and/or politics. There were 139 replies to the survey, a return rate of 54% - by far the most extensive survey done so far. The respondents were asked to...
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