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Voters tend to favour him over his main contender, who is fighting low expectations, as this extract from the January 17 edition of The Economist describes:
Mr Cameron’s foot-dragging is indeed self-interested. Voters tend to favour him as prime minister over Mr Milibrand by a factor of two to one. As Philip Cowley, a political scientist at Nottingham University, has put it, the Labour leader will outperform expectations if he “comes on stage and doesn’t soil himself on camera” – let alone if he puts in the strong performance of which he sometimes shows himself capable.