Baroness Thatcher is Britain's most popular prime minister since the Second World War, eclipsing even Sir Winston Churchill, according to a YouGov/Sun poll.
The survey of 1,893 adults revealed:
- 28% of people named Thatcher as the best of the 13 prime ministers since 1945.
- Sir Winston was in second place with 24% of the vote, and Tony Blair in third with 10%.
- Nearly half of those polled (48%) felt she left Britain economically better off, 60% felt she left it more respected in the world.
- 51% believed she created more opportunities for women, 36% declared she left society more free, and 49% said she left a less equal society.
- 50% of people back her being given a full ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral next week - the rest disagree or simply do not know what to think.
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.