thatcher_approvalR Documentation

Margaret Thatcher Satisfaction Ratings, 1980-1990

Description

A data set on satisfaction/dissatisfaction ratings during Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister.

Usage

thatcher_approval

Format

A data frame with 125 observations on the following 9 variables.

year

the year of the poll

poll_date

the effective "date" of the public opinion poll

date

a date for the poll, to make for easier plotting

govt_sat

the percentage of respondents saying they were satisfied with the government

govt_dis

the percentage of respondents saying they were dissatisfied with the government

thatcher_sat

the percentage of respondents saying they were satisfied with Margaret Thatcher

thatcher_dis

the percentage of respondents saying they were dissatisfied with Margaret Thatcher

opp_sat

the percentage of respondents saying they were satisfied with the leader of the opposition

opp_dis

the percentage of respondents saying they were dissatisfied with the leader of the opposition

Details

Data come from Ipsos. "Leader of the opposition" was typically named in the exact poll. In the lifetime of this series, the leader of the opposition was James Callaghan until Nov. 10 1980. Thereafter, it was Michael Foot until Oct. 2 1983. Neil Kinnock replaces him for the duration of this series. Interpret "leader of the opposition" with that in mind.

The date variable is, again, for simple convenience to make for easier plotting. In the absence of a specific day provided by Ipsos, the poll benchmarks to the first of the month. In the case of a known period of days, it benchmarks to the first day provided.