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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
Perception Panel
Jo Coburn
PMQs - April 18th
by Jo Coburn

Labour voters feel very sore about pensions, and there's no sympathy for Tony Blair.
Jo Coburn

Your real-time responses to Prime Minister's Questions.

It's the first PMQs after Parliament's Easter recess, and we're as keen as ever to see your responses as the new term kicks off.

Just to remind you, you call in to tell us how you feel about the questions and answers in the Commons, and we weight the group to be representative of the UK population as a whole.

If the graphs in the videos below move above the line, this means you like the speaker or the message; if it drops below, you're not liking what's being said or who's saying it.

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"Will he look urgently and positively at these constructive proposals?"

The first big topic on the first week of term was pensions, which proved a big winner for David Cameron.

This topic is of real concern to voters and the Tories have succeeded in focusing much of the criticism on Gordon Brown. Mr Cameron scores well with supporters of all parties, as you can see in the video clip; what's more, the graph on the right shows us the intensity of the responses - we see that Labour voters feel very sore about pensions and that there's no sympathy for Tony Blair.

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"There has been progress, but there remains much more to do"

Next, we looked at a question from the Conservative backbencher Angela Watkinson.

She asked the PM about the government's drugs policies. In the video clip on the right, we split your responses by age group and saw - perhaps unsurprisingly - that the 18-34 age group is divided over whether cannabis should be reclassified, with about half agreeing with the Prime Minister's view that there's been some success in targeting harder drugs.

Older voters are close to adamant that downgrading cannabis was a mistake.

We also looked at how responses differ by gender. In the graph on the right, you can see that male voters are divided on the issue, while women just don't buy the Prime Minister's argument.

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"If the Prime Minister thinks the Chancellor did such a good job, why didn't he turn up and vote for him?"

David Cameron couldn't resist raising the leadership question again, particularly after the news that the Environment Secretary David Miliband said he wasn't minded to run.

The Conservative leader asked the PM why he wouldn't fully endorse the Chancellor as his successor. What's fascinating here is that Labour voters want to hear the answer as much as the opposition parties supporters. As you can see in the clip, they're also unconvinced by Tony Blair's response.

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