by Stephen Tall on September 14, 2006
But I was more intrigued by the finding shown here: that the proportion of people naming
However, that leap in political salience, has been matched by a seeming dilution of public support for the Lib Dems’ stance. Eighteen months ago, the party was rated the party best able to deal with
Today, just 14% (down 38%) of the public rate the Lib Dems as having the best policy on
This could be taken as unalloyed bad news for the Lib Dems – more people think an issue matters, yet fewer are confident the party would do a better job. But I think the reality is more complicated than that.
The first, statistical, point to note is obvious enough. The fact that more people are naming
The more prosaic point is this. When the question was asked, back in 2005, just 9% of the public was undecided who would handle
Today 43% of the public are unsure which political party would handle
It may seem scant reward for all those Lib Dem MPs who, with great courage, voted against the US-British invasion of Iraq – but, if public opinion really is saying, “I wouldn’t start from here”, that strikes me as the only possible rational response to this intractable crisis.