LDV members’ survey (5): what you think of the Lib Dem shadow cabinet

by Stephen Tall on September 12, 2008

All this week, Lib Dem Voice is publishing the results of our September survey of party members conducted through Liberty Research via our private members’ forum. This is the second of our monthly surveys – if you have ideas for future survey questions, please email me at stephen@libdemvoice.org.

Today we turn our attention to the performance of the Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet. Reproduced below, in alphabetical order, are the full results of our survey, which shows how effective each member is felt by members to be, together with a net satisfaction rating (those who think they’re effective minus those think they’re ineffective). The list is a long one, so here’s the skinny:

Top 5

Vince Cable +96.9%
Norman Baker +63.6%
Chris Huhne +62.5%
David Laws +41.8%
Steve Webb +32.2%

Unsurprisingly, Vince tops the table with a Stalinist 97% approval rating. Norman Baker and Chris Huhne continue to show their popularity among party activists, both topping 60%, while David Laws and Steve Webb have (though probably perceived as being on opposite ‘wings’ of the party) both demonstrated a firm and popular grip on their respective portfolios which has earned widespread respect.

Bottom 5

Sarah Teather -14.6%
Roger Williams -14.6%
Michael Moore -20.8%
Nick Harvey -23.9%
Lembit Opik -35.4%

No real surprises here, either. Lembit, while he has his fans, is felt by many to distract from his housing role even when he is making very good points, while Nick Harvey’s defence of retaining Trident has marked him out among many. Michael Moore, though he shone briefly as Ming’s deputy at foreign affairs hasn’t quite found his shadow cabinet niche since. Roger Williams suffers from a low national profile, while Sarah Teather – though highly talented – seems oddly misplaced in her Business and Enterprise role.

Full results below.

Danny Alexander, Chair of the Manifesto Group
Very effective: 9.4%
Quite effective: 26.0%
Quite ineffective: 8.3%
Very ineffective : 6.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 50.0%
Net satisfaction: +20.8%

Norman Baker, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Very effective: 27.1%
Quite effective: 46.9%
Quite ineffective: 8.3%
Very ineffective : 2.1%
Don’t know / No opinion: 15.6%
Net satisfaction: +63.6%

Jeremy Browne, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Very effective: 7.3%
Quite effective: 27.1%
Quite ineffective: 15.6%
Very ineffective: 6.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 43.8%
Net satisfaction: +12.5%

Paul Burstow, Chief Whip
Very effective: 4.2%
Quite effective: 20.8%
Quite ineffective: 21.9%
Very ineffective: 6.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 46.9%
Net satisfaction: -3.2%

Vince Cable, Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor

Very effective: 89.6%
Quite effective: 8.3%
Quite ineffective: 1.0%
Very ineffective: 0.0%
Don’t know / No opinion: 1.0%
Net satisfaction: +96.9%

Edward Davey, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications

Very effective: 13.5%
Quite effective: 42.7%
Quite ineffective: 24.0%
Very ineffective: 12.5%
Don’t know / No opinion: 7.3%
Net satisfaction: +19.7%

Lynne Featherstone, Spokesperson for Youth and Equality
Very effective: 20.8%
Quite effective: 30.2%
Quite ineffective: 14.6%
Very ineffective: 7.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 27.1%
Net satisfaction: +29.1%

Don Foster, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, and Olympics

Very effective: 5.2%
Quite effective: 28.1%
Quite ineffective: 17.7%
Very ineffective: 14.6%
Don’t know / No opinion: 34.4%
Net satisfaction: +1.0%

Julia Goldsworthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Very effective: 9.4%
Quite effective: 38.5%
Quite ineffective: 26.0%
Very ineffective: 7.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 18.8%
Net satisfaction: +14.6%

Nick Harvey, Shadow Defence Secretary

Very effective: 6.3%
Quite effective: 17.7%
Quite ineffective: 26.0%
Very ineffective: 21.9%
Don’t know / No opinion: 28.1%
Net satisfaction: -23.9%

David Howarth, Shadow Solicitor General

Very effective: 13.5%
Quite effective: 29.2%
Quite ineffective: 9.4%
Very ineffective: 4.2%
Don’t know / No opinion: 43.8%
Net satisfaction: +29.1%

Simon Hughes, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and Party President

Very effective: 10.4%
Quite effective: 35.4%
Quite ineffective: 28.1%
Very ineffective: 14.6%
Don’t know / No opinion: 11.5%
Net satisfaction: +3.1%

Chris Huhne, Shadow Home Secretary, and Shadow Secretary for Justice
Very effective: 30.2%
Quite effective: 49.0%
Quite ineffective: 12.5%
Very ineffective: 4.2%
Don’t know / No opinion: 4.2%
Net satisfaction: +62.5%

Susan Kramer, Families Spokesperson, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Very effective: 7.3%
Quite effective: 29.2%
Quite ineffective: 24.0%
Very ineffective: 5.2%
Don’t know / No opinion: 34.4%
Net satisfaction: +7.3%

Norman Lamb, Shadow Health Secretary
Very effective: 18.8%
Quite effective: 37.5%
Quite ineffective: 19.8%
Very ineffective: 6.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 17.7%
Net satisfaction: +30.2%

David Laws, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Very effective: 18.8%
Quite effective: 41.7%
Quite ineffective: 10.4%
Very ineffective: 8.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 20.8%
Net satisfaction: +41.8%

Lord McNally, Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords

Very effective: 7.3%
Quite effective: 36.5%
Quite ineffective: 14.6%
Very ineffective: 5.2%
Don’t know / No opinion: 36.5%
Net satisfaction: +24.0%

Michael Moore, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, and Shadow Secretary for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Very effective: 4.2%
Quite effective: 14.6%
Quite ineffective: 20.8%
Very ineffective: 18.8%
Don’t know / No opinion: 36.5%
Net satisfaction: -20.8%

Lembit Opik, Shadow Minister for Housing
Very effective: 4.2%
Quite effective: 19.8%
Quite ineffective: 17.7%
Very ineffective: 41.7%
Don’t know / No opinion: 16.7%
Net satisfaction: -35.4%

Willie Rennie, Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns
Very effective: 7.3%
Quite effective: 24.0%
Quite ineffective: 19.8%
Very ineffective: 7.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 41.7%
Net satisfaction: +4.2%

Sarah Teather, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Very effective: 5.2%
Quite effective: 25.0%
Quite ineffective: 29.2%
Very ineffective: 15.6%
Don’t know / No opinion: 25.0%
Net satisfaction: -14.6%

Steve Webb, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Energy, Food and Rural Affairs
Very effective: 19.8%
Quite effective: 38.5%
Quite ineffective: 16.7%
Very ineffective: 9.4%
Don’t know / No opinion: 15.6%
Net satisfaction: +32.2%

Roger Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Very effective: 3.1%
Quite effective: 6.3%
Quite ineffective: 16.7%
Very ineffective: 7.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 66.7%
Net satisfaction: -14.6%

Stephen Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Very effective: 5.2%
Quite effective: 16.7%
Quite ineffective: 18.8%
Very ineffective: 13.5%
Don’t know / No opinion: 45.8%
Net satisfaction: -10.4%

Jenny Willott, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Very effective: 11.5%
Quite effective: 21.9%
Quite ineffective: 20.8%
Very ineffective: 8.3%
Don’t know / No opinion: 37.5%
Net satisfaction: +4.3%