LDV members' survey (4): big increases for Lib Dem and Nick Clegg approval ratings

by Stephen Tall on April 6, 2009

Over the last week or so, Lib Dem Voice has invited 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 party and the current state of British politics. Many thanks to the almost 200 of you who completed it; we’re publishing the results on LDV over the next few days. You can catch up on the results of our exclusive LDV members’ surveys by clicking here.

First up, LDV asked: Do you think, as a whole, the Liberal Democrats are on the right course or on the wrong track?

Here’s what you said (with November’s figures – the last time we asked this question – in brackets):

The right course: 79.0% (70%)
The wrong track: 11.3% (20%)
Don’t know / No opinion: 9.7% (10%)

In the four months since we last asked this question, there has been a significant positive jump in the net approval for the general direction of the party among LDV forum members: the +50% of November is now at +68%.

You can view all the comments made in response to this question on our private members’ forum here.

LDV then asked: What is your view of Nick Clegg’s performance as Lib Dem leader?

Here’s what you told us (with November’s figures in brackets):

Very effective 14.4% (14%)
Fairly effective 61.5% (56%)
Quite ineffective 18.0% (24%)
Very ineffective 4.6% (5%)
Don’t know / No opinion 1.5% (1%)

In total, then, 76% (70% in November) of LDV-reading party members are fairly or very satisfied with Nick’s performance, compared with 23% (29%) who are not: a net satisfaction rating of +53%, up significantly on his pre-Christmas ratings of +41%.

You can view all the comments made in response to this question on our private members’ forum here.