Memo to Clegg: your approval rating is terrible

The Lib Dem leader's approval rating has fallen from +53 to -53.

Earlier today, an apparently confused Nick Clegg told Radio 4's The World At One: "I've given up trying to work out whether my approval rating is good or bad". So, here at The Staggers, we thought we'd help him out.

The graph above shows how Clegg's approval rating (the number of voters who approve of his performance as Liberal Democrat leader minus the number who disapprove) has plummeted since 7 May 2010 from +53 to -53 (figures from YouGov). This is, admittedly, an improvement on the previous week's low of -55. But you don't need to be a psephologist to spot the trend.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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The NS Podcast #176: Younge, guns and identity politics

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Helen and Stephen are joined by author and editor-at-large for the Guardian, Gary Younge, to discuss the findings of his new book: Another Day in the Death of America.

Seven kids die every day from gun violence in the US yet very few make the national news. Is there any way to stop Americans becoming inured to the bloodshed? The enraging, incredibly sad and sometimes peculiarly funny stories of ten kids on one unremarkable Saturday attempt to change that trend.

(Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Gary Younge).

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