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Margaret Thatcher's legacy

Margaret Thatcher transformed politics as the Britain's first female prime minister and her legacy will be debated for years to come.

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YouGov/Sun Poll: Thatcher more popular than Churchill

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.

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