LDV party members’ survey: Nick Clegg approval rating at +66%

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2010

At the start of the week, Lib Dem Voice invited the members of our private discussion 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 200 of you who completed it; we’re publishing the results on LDV over the next few days.

It’s four months since we last asked party members how they felt Nick Cleg was doing as Lib Dem leader – the last time was in the wake of the party conference, when Nick received a big boost, presumably thanks to the high media profile gained. (Even if it wasn’t all positive – eg, tuition fees and ’savage’ cuts). The question was: could Nick sustain this rating through the winter, when Lib Dem ratings often tail off as the media ignores us? Well, the answer is, yes he could:

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

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

    Very effective 19% (16%)
    Effective 63% (64%)
    Ineffective 15% (15%)
    Very ineffective 1% (3%)
    Don’t know / No opinion 2% (3%)

In total, then, 82% (80% in October) of LDV-reading party members regard Nick’s performance as effective or very effective, compared with 16% (18%) who do not: a net satisfaction rating of +66% (+62%). That’s an extremely positive rating heading into an election, and one with which Nick can feel deservedly pleased.

You can catch up on the results of our exclusive LDV members’ surveys by clicking here.