Margaret Thatcher is remembered by as the most capable prime minister of the last few decades, with more than a third of the public saying they prefer her to leaders that came after her, according to an IPSOS Mori poll for Reuters in 2011.
- 36% said Margaret Thatcher was Britain's most capable leader
- 27% said Tony Blair
- 11% said Gordon Brown
- 10% said David Cameron
- 7% said John Major
At the time of her resignation in November 1990, just over half thought her leadership had been good for the country:
- 52% said they thought her government had been good for the country
- 40% said her government had been bad for the country
At the time of her resignation, even though the public considered her government to have been good for the country, her popularity dipped considerably, according to the poll.
- 60% said they disliked her
- 39% said they liked her
Historians Dr Roland Quinalt and Dr Eliza Filby give their views on how history will remember Thatcher less emotively than we do today.
For better or worse Margaret Thatcher gave Alastair Stewart the most electric, stimulating and intellectually satisfying decade of his life.
When she was alive Baroness Thatcher was both loved and loathed - and in death, it seems, both the debate and the divide will endure.