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

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 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 turn our attention to the performance of the Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet (prior to last week’s minor reshuffle). 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 very/fairly effective minus those think they’re very/fairly ineffective).

The list is a long one, so here’s the skinny:

First of all, who’s at the top of the charts…

Top 5:
Vince Cable: +95%
Chris Huhne: +78%
Norman Baker: +58%
David Laws: +30%
Lynne Featherstone: +30%

And then we have the ones who, erm, aren’t at the top of the charts…

Bottom 5:
Nick Harvey: -16%
Stephen Williams: -25%
Sarah Teather: -25%
Roger Williams: -25%
Michael Moore: -32%

Finally, I thought we’d take a look at those with the highest number of Don’t knows / No opinions in the survey…

Most anonymous 5:
Michael Moore: 37%
David Howarth: 38%
Willie Rennie: 39%
Paul Burstow: 43%
Roger Williams: 49%

Full results follow:

Danny Alexander, Chair of the Manifesto Group
Very / quite effective = 32%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 36%
Net satisfaction = +3%

Norman Baker, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Very / quite effective = 70%
Very / quite ineffective = 12%
Don’t know / No opinion = 18%
Net satisfaction = +58%

Jeremy Browne, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Very / quite effective = 31%
Very / quite ineffective = 34%
Don’t know / No opinion= 36%
Net satisfaction = -3%

Paul Burstow, Chief Whip
Very / quite effective = 28%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 43%
Net satisfaction = -1%

Vince Cable, Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor
Very / quite effective = 96%
Very / quite ineffective = 1%
Don’t know / No opinion = 4%
Net satisfaction = +95%

Edward Davey, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications
Very / quite effective = 45%
Very / quite ineffective = 36%
Don’t know / No opinion = 19%
Net satisfaction = +9%

Lynne Featherstone, Spokesperson for Youth and Equality
Very / quite effective = 56%
Very / quite ineffective = 26%
Don’t know / No opinion = 18%
Net satisfaction = +30%

Don Foster, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, and Olympics
Very / quite effective = 30%
Very / quite ineffective = 41%
Don’t know / No opinion = 29%
Net satisfaction = -11%

Julia Goldsworthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Communities and Local Government
Very / quite effective = 54%
Very / quite ineffective = 26%
Don’t know / No opinion = 19%
Net satisfaction = +28%

Nick Harvey, Shadow Defence Secretary
Very / quite effective = 26%
Very / quite ineffective = 42%
Don’t know / No opinion = 32%
Net satisfaction = -16%

David Howarth, Shadow Solicitor General
Very / quite effective = 40%
Very / quite ineffective = 22%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = +22%

Simon Hughes, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and Party President
Very / quite effective = 48%
Very / quite ineffective = 37%
Don’t know / No opinion = 15%
Net satisfaction = +11%

Chris Huhne, Shadow Home Secretary, and Shadow Secretary for Justice

Very / quite effective = 86%
Very / quite ineffective = 8%
Don’t know / No opinion = 6%
Net satisfaction = +78%

Susan Kramer, Families Spokesperson, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Very / quite effective = 43%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 24%
Net satisfaction = +14%

Norman Lamb, Shadow Health Secretary
Very / quite effective = 53%
Very / quite ineffective = 23%
Don’t know / No opinion = 24%
Net satisfaction = +30%

David Laws, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Very / quite effective = 54%
Very / quite ineffective = 24%
Don’t know / No opinion = 22%
Net satisfaction = +30%

Lord McNally, Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords
Very / quite effective = 38%
Very / quite ineffective = 29%
Don’t know / No opinion = 32%
Net satisfaction = +9%

Michael Moore, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, and Shadow Secretary for Scotland and Northern Ireland
Very / quite effective = 15%
Very / quite ineffective = 47%
Don’t know / No opinion = 37%
Net satisfaction = -32%

Willie Rennie, Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns
Very / quite effective = 25%
Very / quite ineffective = 36%
Don’t know / No opinion = 39%
Net satisfaction = -11%

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

Very / quite effective = 25%
Very / quite ineffective = 50%
Don’t know / No opinion = 25%
Net satisfaction = -25%

Steve Webb, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Energy, Food and Rural Affairs
Very / quite effective = 52%
Very / quite ineffective = 25%
Don’t know / No opinion = 23%
Net satisfaction = +27%

Roger Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Very / quite effective = 15%
Very / quite ineffective = 36%
Don’t know / No opinion = 49%
Net satisfaction = -21%

Stephen Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Very / quite effective = 23%
Very / quite ineffective = 39%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = -16%

Jenny Willott, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Very / quite effective = 36%
Very / quite ineffective = 26%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38%
Net satisfaction = +10%


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