LDV members' survey (5): how you rated the Lib Dem shadow cabinet

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 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’ve been publishing the results on LDV over the last few days. You can catch up on the results of our exclusive LDV members’ surveys by clicking here.

Today, in the final part, we turn our attention to the performance of the Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet, and a handful of other senior Lib Dems. Reproduced below, in alphabetical order, are the full results of our survey, which shows how effective each MP 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: +97%
Chris Huhne: +62%
Norman Baker: +60%
Lynne Featherstone: +55%
Julia Goldsworthy +46%

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

Bottom 5:
= Don Foster: -11%
= Roger Williams: -11%
Stephen Williams: -11%
Nick Harvey: -17%
Michael Moore: -23%

And then let’s look at those with highest levels of ‘Don’t know / No opinion’…

5 most anonymous:

= Willie Rennie: 43%
= John Thurso: 43%
Paul Burstow: 52%
Jenny Willott: 53%
Alistair Carmichael: 65%
Roger Williams: 68%

Finally, for the second time, we asked about other leading Lib Dem figures outside the shadow cabinet – here’s how you rated them:

Andrew Duff, Leader of the UK Lib Dem MEPs: -11% (-6% in November)
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats: +42% (-25% for Mike German in November)
Mike Tuffrey, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly: -17% (-21% )
Ros Scott, Party President-elect of the Liberal Democrats: +50% (+52%)
Tavish Scott MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats: +15% (+16%)

Full results follow:


Alistair Carmichael, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Very / quite effective = 15.3%
Very / quite ineffective = 19.5%
Don’t know / No opinion = 65.1%
Net satisfaction = -4.2% (-1% in November)

Chris Huhne, Shadow Home Secretary
Very / quite effective = 78.5%
Very / quite ineffective = 16.4%
Don’t know / No opinion = 5.1%
Net satisfaction = +62.1% (+67%)

Danny Alexander, Chair of the Manifesto Group
Very / quite effective = 32.8%
Very / quite ineffective = 25.1%
Don’t know / No opinion = 42.1%
Net satisfaction = +7.7% (+11%)

David Heath, Shadow Leader of the House
Very / quite effective = 55.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 11.8%
Don’t know / No opinion = 32.8%
Net satisfaction = +43.6% (–)

David Howarth, Shadow Justice Secretary
Very / quite effective = 56.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 13.9%
Don’t know / No opinion = 29.7%
Net satisfaction = +44.6% (+17%)

David Laws, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Very / quite effective = 60.5%
Very / quite ineffective = 19.0%
Don’t know / No opinion = 25.1%
Net satisfaction = +41.5% (+20%)

Don Foster, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, and Olympics
Very / quite effective = 30.3%
Very / quite ineffective = 41.0%
Don’t know / No opinion = 28.7%
Net satisfaction = -10.7% (-3%)

Edward Davey, Shadow Foreign Secretary

Very / quite effective = 48.7%
Very / quite ineffective = 34.4%
Don’t know / No opinion = 16.9%
Net satisfaction = +14.3% (-6%)

Jenny Willott, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Very / quite effective = 20.0%
Very / quite ineffective = 26.2%
Don’t know / No opinion = 53.9%
Net satisfaction = -6.2% (+7%)

Jeremy Browne, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Very / quite effective = 28.7%
Very / quite ineffective = 31.8%
Don’t know / No opinion = 39.5%
Net satisfaction = -3.1% (-3%)

John Thurso, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Very / quite effective = 26.7%
Very / quite ineffective = 30.3%
Don’t know / No opinion = 43.1%
Net satisfaction = -3.6% (-3%)

Julia Goldsworthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Very / quite effective = 61.5%
Very / quite ineffective = 15.9%
Don’t know / No opinion = 22.6%
Net satisfaction = +45.6% (+34%)

Lord McNally, Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords
Very / quite effective = 45.1%
Very / quite ineffective = 16.9%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38.0%
Net satisfaction = +28.2% (+19%)

Lynne Featherstone, Spokesperson for Youth and Equality
Very / quite effective = 67.2%
Very / quite ineffective = 12.3%
Don’t know / No opinion = 20.5%
Net satisfaction = +54.9% (+57%)

Michael Moore, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Very / quite effective = 17.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 40.5%
Don’t know / No opinion = 42.1%
Net satisfaction = -23.1% (-26%)

Nick Harvey, Shadow Defence Secretary
Very / quite effective = 22.6%
Very / quite ineffective = 39.5%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38.0%
Net satisfaction = -16.9% (-18%)

Norman Baker, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Very / quite effective = 70.8%
Very / quite ineffective = 11.3%
Don’t know / No opinion = 18.0%
Net satisfaction = +59.5% (+64%)

Norman Lamb, Shadow Health Secretary
Very / quite effective = 53.9%
Very / quite ineffective = 22.6%
Don’t know / No opinion = 23.6%
Net satisfaction = +31.3% (+45%)

Paul Burstow, Chief Whip
Very / quite effective = 24.1%
Very / quite ineffective = 23.1%
Don’t know / No opinion = 52.8%
Net satisfaction = +1.0% (-3%)

Roger Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Very / quite effective = 10.8%
Very / quite ineffective = 21.5%
Don’t know / No opinion = 67.7%
Net satisfaction = -10.7% (-18%)

Sarah Teather, Shadow Minister for Housing

Very / quite effective = 45.6%
Very / quite ineffective = 26.7%
Don’t know / No opinion = 27.7%
Net satisfaction = +18.9% (-1%)

Simon Hughes, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Very / quite effective = 49.2%
Very / quite ineffective = 31.8%
Don’t know / No opinion = 19.0%
Net satisfaction = +17.4% (+25%)

Stephen Williams, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Very / quite effective = 23.6%
Very / quite ineffective = 34.4%
Don’t know / No opinion = 42.1%
Net satisfaction = -10.8% (-16%)

Steve Webb, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Very / quite effective = 57.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 15.9%
Don’t know / No opinion = 26.7%
Net satisfaction = +41.5% (+39%)

Tim Farron, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Very / quite effective = 40.0%
Very / quite ineffective = 22.1%
Don’t know / No opinion = 38.0%
Net satisfaction = +17.9% (+23%)

Vince Cable, Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor
Very / quite effective = 97.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 0%
Don’t know / No opinion = 2.6%
Net satisfaction = +97.4% (+94%)

Willie Rennie, Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns
Very / quite effective = 37.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 19.5%
Don’t know / No opinion = 43.1%
Net satisfaction = +17.9% (+5%)

Other leading Lib Dems:

Andrew Duff, Leader of the UK Lib Dem MEPs
Very / quite effective = 21.5%
Very / quite ineffective = 32.7%
Don’t know / No opinion = 45.6%
Net satisfaction = -11.2% (-6%)

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
Very / quite effective = 48.2%
Very / quite ineffective = 6.2%
Don’t know / No opinion = 45.6%
Net satisfaction =+42.0% (-25% for Mike German)

Mike Tuffrey, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly
Very / quite effective = 11.8%
Very / quite ineffective = 28.7%
Don’t know / No opinion = 59.5%
Net satisfaction = -16.9% (-21%)

Ros Scott, Party President
Very / quite effective = 63.6%
Very / quite ineffective = 13.9%
Don’t know / No opinion = 22.6%
Net satisfaction = +49.7% (+52%)

Tavish Scott MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
Very / quite effective = 35.4%
Very / quite ineffective = 20.0%
Don’t know / No opinion = 44.6%
Net satisfaction = +15.4% (+16%)