Cameron vs. Miliband vs. Clegg - which leader came out top in the BBC Question Time special?

09:25 01 May 2015

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

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David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

According to an ICM poll for the Guardian, nearly half (44%) the viewers of the BBC Question Time special thought the Prime Minister performed best last night, compared to 38% for Ed Miliband and 19% for Nick Clegg.

But only 6% of the viewers in a small sub-sample said they had their mind changed by the programme, while 87% said it would make no difference to how they would vote.

Among this group the Mr Clegg performed best, with 32% of switchers saying they may now vote for the Lib Dems, compared with 25% who said they would switch to the Tories and 20% to Labour.

But Mr Miliband will be pleased that he drew level with Mr Cameron on who had “the more appealing personality” with 43% each, although the Prime Minister beat the Labour leader 47% to 42% on having the best arguments.

On the question of who would be the best prime minister, the Tory leader won with 48% to Mr Miliband’s 34%.

Meanwhile, faced with a tough audience, most respondents thought the leaders did “very” or “quite” well - with Mr Cameron scoring 65% on this measure, Mr Miliband 61% and Mr Clegg 63%.

•ICM interviewed 3,972 adults aged 18+ online on April 28-30. All agreed to watch the BBC Question Time Election Leaders Special and to complete a second interview immediately after it finished, which 1,288 did in the first few minutes. The data has been weighted to the profile of all GB adults, including in relation to recalled 2010 General Election voting.

34 comments

  • @milecross - straight question. Will you admit to following the bn,p party line?

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    rushallchap

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  • Ahh, the one direction politicians who all have the same policies, just in different colours. Well, news is that our representatives' don't want to go into coalitions, don't want to hammer out their almost common policies into a Government, they are striking and saying that they can't be representing us unless they get all the power they deserve, and they alone. So, we will have to pay for another 300 million election, with the mainstream media blaming SNP, Green and UKIP voters for not getting the results they so dearly demand of us. It is guaranteed that voter apathy in a second election would be so high that the party hopefuls would be able to bring us back on the austerity track that doubled the riches of so many already rich people. TV debates solve nothing as we can see, so the second time round we will have none of it. Or will we? I'm surprised Annabelle does not know of the second election plan, she is so well briefed usually.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

  • Yesterday Johnny H asked "Where Neil Hamilton is nowadays?" Nobody has answered him. Hamilton has joined UKIP and was in contention (but ultimately unsuccessful) to be its candidate for one of the By-elections last Autumn.

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    Old Hand

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • Rushall. Like wise. No one cares what you say either. You reply with hate when someone makes a perfectly good point. Thats not sensible debating is it. Since day one you have had nothing decent to say. No point in reading the Daily Mail. The Sin or the H@rror.

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • @dave123 - totally agree with you. Just give child benefit for first two children then nothing. Part of tackling climate change needs to be smaller families, it's not just about wind farms and knocking the motorist

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    Edward Millionaireband

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • @milecross- there is no need to apologise, you've been found out. You regurgitate the bnp party line and election 'strategy', so you can try to justify it all you like but people will make their own minds up. You are the mouthpiece of a rac,ist and big,oted fringe group, so, in my eyes, you no longer have any credibility. I used to just think that you were eccentric and were on here to wind people up, but now I can see you had an ulterior motive and it's far more divisive than I first thought.

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    rushallchap

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • @JohnnyH: Labour spent every dime we had on a whole range of projects without a thought of how the cash was going to be replaced. They made Viv Nicholson look like a skinflint the way they threw money at Brown`s army of benefit claimants. Maxing out on the national credit card was always going to end in cuts and, as Cameron revealed, the Labour Chancellor even left his Conservative opposite number a receipt i.e. "There`s no money left ol` chap!" We won`t mention the gold.

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    Supernova6

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • @rushall sorry but i don't have to try and discredit labour . They have done it themselves over thirteen years . I am just reminding people of the facts and what a vile nasty party they are . . The same people who ruined this country are the same people who labour have got lined up again but in a different formation .The scots have got this party summed up and by next thursday they should be completely run out of scotland

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    milecross

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • BonyTony: "Surely everyone remembers the phrases "collateralised debt obligations (CDOs)" " etc. Alas, no they do not. Not least because the gutter press and the broadcast media scarcely ever mentioned the root causes of the 20078 meltdown in the global financial services sector. Joe and Jo Public have been programmed right from the get-go to believe that Blighty's public finances woes were down to Labour's 'profligacy' in public spending. ... despite all of the public record empirical evidence to the contrary (ONS database). BG does have a valid point in saying that too much was done through PFIs (a Tory idea picked up with zeal by NEW Labour): but it woz the banks wot done it (crashed the economy), and the Tories in 13 years as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition failed dismally to do what Oppositions are constitutionally supposed to do... to wit, in this instance, speak out loud, clear and persistently against 'light touch regulation': why didn't they do that? I couldn't possibly comment...

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    martin wallis

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Bony Tony - Mick Philpott received £57,000 per year in benefits. Most of this was child benefits.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Cameron's doing a good job and gets my vote, can't see any problem with child benefit being cut somebody needed to get a grip on benefits and he has.

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    dave123

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • BonyTony You assumption is based on very shaky ground. Labour have been deliberately quiet about what they intend cutting, so they can`t be accused of going back on a promise. I think we are getting fairly used to Ed Miliband`s get out clause " I am not going to make a promise on that."

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    BG

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Cameron's failure to state categorically that Child Benefit will NOT be cut, and his subsequent failure today, means that, of course Child Benefit will be cut (eg, restricted to 2 children, reduced in value, frozen year-on-year, etc.). There will be massive squeals from even the Tory-supporting press (imagine the Daily Mail headlines), which is why it won't be confirmed before next Friday. But it will most definitely be cut if the Tories win a majority. Already, since Jan 2013, anyone fortunate enough to earn more than £50k who receives Child Benefit pays extra tax (the snappily entitled High Income Child Benefit Charge) which claws back some or all of the CB they received. If their income is over £60k, they'll pay so much more in tax that it will cancel out all of the Child Benefit they get (in which case the general recommendation is to opt out of receiving CB in the first place). In other words, large swathes of the Tory-supporting middle classes don't currently benefit from CB, so there will be no financial cost to them if (I mean, when) it's cut. I'm reminded of how Boris Johnson said he spent the £47,547.40 (his calculation) he received in Child Benefit: "We’re looking at 10 half-decent ski holidays here, or about five luxury safaris. We could have laid down a cellarful of Chateau Lafite, or picked up an Old Master drawing, or a share of a lovely little place in Spain."

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    BonyTony

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • @milecross-who cares what you think, you are the mouthpiece of the bn,p. You are totally discredited, run along you nasty little thing.

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    rushallchap

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • milliband got a right mauling and looked really poor . No surprise there

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    milecross

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • @BG - you say 'look objectively' and then go one to 'analyse' it myopically. Thanks I needed a laugh...nice one !!!!

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    rushallchap

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Leaving the usual Labour party diatribe to one side. Looking at last night`s QT objectively. Ed has over done the coaching and he is starting to look robotic. What will we take away from last night. Eds slip up. Ed failing to acknowledge the last government had overspent. Yes Labour had invested a lot in the public sector. But a lot of it was by way of PFI, which we are still paying off and will continue to do for years to come. ED throwing in the towel. What on earth possessed him to go so hard on the SNP question? I am afraid it will turn out to be his Kinnock moment. Cleggie is clearly finished. His performance was lack lustre and not a patch on 2010. After last night I think it is becoming more and more likely that the Tories will be returned to power. The polls are going their way and the SNP Labour pact is really hitting home. Classic case of the hare and the tortoise.

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    BG

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Sharky , steely dan , milecross , blister etc etc ......i fear The Archant Troll will suffer a catastrophic brain failure if he keeps trolling at his current intensity. Will he last another week ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Poor old rushall It must be hard living in the jungle. Johhny you try to protect one councilor. What will you do about the unreported 290 that await investigation. Thats only since January this year. Dont be misled by media or BBC rubbish.

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    sharky

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • The trouble with Ed is that ,like Gordon Brown, he cannot cope when confronted by an everyday working person. Catherine Shuttleworth will be remembered as this election's Gillian Duffy.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Andy T - Why is Ed in the centre of the picture? Possibly because he was second person to be quizzed by last night's audience in Leeds? Protocol's got nothing to do with it.

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    BonyTony

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Andy T - I hold absolutely no truck for him, but it's not unreasonable for Miliband to blame the bankers for the financial crash, since it was the investment bankers that precipitated it. Surely everyone remembers the phrases "collateralised debt obligations (CDOs)", "mortgage-backed securities", "subprime mortgage crisis", "credit default swaps (CDSs)", "bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers" (the largest bankruptcy filing in history, with over $600bn - yes, that's $600,000,000,000 - in assets. For only ONE company), "Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection", "bank bail outs", "European sovereign debt crisis", "Dodd–Frank regulatory reforms" etc.? There was also the October 2008 bank rescue package, under which some £500bn was made available from the UK taxpayer to UK banks (mainly RBS, HBOS and Lloyds TSB).

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    BonyTony

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • And why is Ed in the centre of the picture? Protocol would be to have the Prime Minister in the centre with the hopefulls either side.

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    Andy T

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Red Ed just can't admit and take responsibility for the vdire mess they left us in. He needs to accept Labours role in the fiasco before he can move on. He still blames the Bankers. In fairness the Bankers actions bought interest rates down which has meant millions of people now pay lower rates on their mortgages.

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    Andy T

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • You need to stop focusing on the leaders !, its the 'Policies' which have already and are likely to affect us in the future that are the most important !. We do not want an American style Presidential Election, our Government is made up of Cabinet Ministers, whom should be able contribute to policies not be dictated to by a thatcher or cameron !

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    freedomf

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • @JohnnyH - don't worry about milecross Johnny, he is simply following the bn,p party line which is to discredit labour. This is the bn,p election 'strategy'. I looked on their website, which wasn't pleasant, because his off topic sloganeering didn't ring true to me. The 'plan' is two fold. Firstly, they have set out to dig up any dirt on labour, true or otherwise, and throw it. Secondly, the accept that labour party have done more than any other party to rid the country of their big,oted ideas. They claim that the 'fight is personal', that 'the labour party is their main enemy' and 'the bnp has suffered greatly at the hands of the labour party...now we're out to pay them back and cost them this general election'. Now this all seems familiar because it's exactly what milecross has been doing since it was ordered by his real political masters. I will leave it to anyone reading this to draw their own conclusions. However, I would urge you all to understand that when he posts his next 'comment' that it is what the bn,p want you to hear and want you to think, not the kippers, or anyone else for that matter, as he suggests.

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    rushallchap

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • As with ballot papers, we need a > None of the Above [ ] < option. We also need to make people more aware that (in the mean time): Blank votes count.

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    W0NK042

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Milecross - Do you mean the council candidate who was cleared yesterday? I suspect he did not mention him as he was not asked as people are probably not bothered by allegations which are proven to be false. Of course there is a reason why you mention this man and not others maybe you can explain!

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Supernova 6 - Not sure we were watching the same debate if you heard that. Don't forget that the deficit was caused by bailing out the banks who had lost money on overseas investments (mainly American sub prime). Should we have bailed out the banks? Probably. Would any other party have regulated the banks better? definitely not. The economy in 2010 was worse than in 2005 but better than it was in 1992 or the Thatcher years

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Peter Watson - I felt Cameron performed well and was able to avoid the issues that he wanted to. Miliband also performed well but had to tackle issues that he would have preferred to avoid. The same goes for Clegg

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Milecross - do you mean the man who was cleared? I don't think he mentioned him because he wasn't asked about him as probably people are more bothered about those who are found guilty like Neil Hamilton. I wonder where he is nowadays!

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Red Ed freely admitted he didn`t regret almost bankrupting the country......you heard it from his own lips. Would you let someone drive your car who admits he totalled his last one? I`d rather plump for a safer driver, thanks.

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    Supernova6

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Cameron was unable to wriggle off the hook that the the Tories are the nasty party in the way they have treated disabled people and all claimants who have had their benefits sanctioned unfairly just to meet the local DWP office benefits sanctions, targets negotiated with the DWP,or that the Tories are not just the party of the rich or that we have all been in this together when he cuts taxes for the hedge funds and the megarich and increases them for the rest of us by increasing VAT which he promised he would not do.Ed Miliband was at his strongest when he spoke with passion about the need to restore trust in politics and would not make false promises that he could not deliver.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 1, 2015

  • no comment from ed on the labour candidate for blackburn who was suspended for suspected electoral fraud

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    milecross

    Friday, May 1, 2015

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