MPs are divided with regards to how David Cameron’s record in Prime Minister will go down in history, according to recent Populus MP Panel research. When asked how David Cameron’s overall record during his time as Prime Minister will go down in history, two-in-five (40%) say it will be remembered favourably and three-in-five (60%) say it will be remembered unfavourably. Seven-in-ten Conservative MPs say that David Cameron will go down in history well, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say he will go down in history as a great Prime Minister.

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Historical MP Panel data suggests that MPs view David Cameron’s record as Prime Minister more favourably than they do Gordon Brown’s, but less favourably than Tony Blair’s. 12% of MPs say that David Cameron will go down in history as a great Prime Minister – half as many as say the same of Tony Blair but three times as many as say the same of Gordon Brown. A similar trend is seen with regards to the views of members of the governing party. A quarter of MPs in David Cameron’s own party think history will remember him as a great Prime Minister. This is half as many as the proportion of Labour MPs who say the same of Tony Blair, but twice as many as say that of Gordon Brown.

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Populus interviewed 106 MPs on the Populus MP Panel between 7 October and 21 November 2016. Previous research was conducted amongst 79 MPs on the Populus MP Panel between 28 June and 30 July 2010 and amongst 124 MPs on the Populus MP Panel in May 2007.