LDV members’ survey (4): how you will vote in the race for party president

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2008

At the start of last week, Lib Dem Voice emailed the members of our private forum (open to all Lib Dem members) inviting them to take part in a survey, conducted via Liberty Research, asking a number of questions about the current state of British politics, especially as they affect the Lib Dems. Many thanks to the 181 of you who completed it.

Today we look at the race to become the next president of the Liberal Democrats. LDV asked: Three candidates are standing for the presidency of the Liberal Democrats: Chandila Fernando, Lembit Opik MP, and Baroness Ros Scott. Who do you intend to vote for?

Here’s what you told us:

Chandila Fernando – 3%
Lembit Opik 10%
Ros Scott – 61%
I don’t know yet, but will definitely vote 23%
I won’t be voting – 3%

There is a pretty consistent pattern emerging from the LDV members’ surveys, as this is the third time we have asked for voting intentions in a survey (albeit with different options): at the beginning of September, 65% said they’d vote for Ros, 20% for Lembit; after the party conference, this became 57% and 12% respectively. And now, with the names of all three candidates confirmed and the race officially underway, Ros has a commanding lead over both Lembit and Chandila.

Of course, we have no way of knowing how representative the LDV sample of party members is. It could be that Lembit’s higher national profile will offset the advantage Ros has gained by starting her campaign over a year ago. Equally, of course, this will be one of the rare opportunities for party members to have the choice to elect a woman to a senior role within the Lib Dems.


* You can catch up on the result of all previous LDV members’ surveys by clicking here.