Now, from YouGov, comes news that the government's approval rating has turned negative for the first time. As the graph below shows, net approval (those who think the government is doing a good job minus those who don't) now stands at -2 per cent, with a marked decline in the past week.
Just as worrying for the long-term health of the coalition is that the Lib Dems are still tanking in the polls. The latest daily YouGov/Sun poll puts Nick Clegg's party on just 13 per cent, with the Tories stable on 41 per cent and Labour on an impressive 38 per cent.
If repeated at a general election, these figures would see Clegg's party reduced to a rump of 17 seats. If Lib Dem discontent isn't to turn into outright rebellion the situation will need to improve -- and soon.