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Cameron 'fares poorly on economy'

Most voters have a poor impression of David Cameron's handling of the economy, according to an opinion poll.

The ComRes survey for ITV News found 54% rate the Prime Minister's leadership on economic matters "fairly or very poor" and 57% said the same of his efforts to manage the eurozone crisis to the UK's advantage.

Mr Cameron received positive reviews, though, for his ability to appear statesmanlike, 51% saying he does that "fairly or very well", and for his response to the riots (50%).

And he fared well when pitted against his six most recent predecessors in 10 Downing Street, being rated as good or better than them all.

More than one in five (21%) said he is a better prime minister than Margaret Thatcher though slightly more (22%) ranked him worse than the man he removed from power, Labour's Gordon Brown.

ComRes interviewed 2,047 adults online between September 30 and October 2 and data was weighted to be demographically representative of all adults.

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