78% of party members say Lib Dems on “the right track”

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 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’ve been publishing the results on LDV over the last few days.

Today we look at one of the questions LDV has asked a number of times in our members’ surveys: Do you think, as a whole, the Liberal Democrats are on the right course or on the wrong track?

Here’s what you told us:

  • 78% – The right course
  • 16% – The wrong track
  • 7% – Don’t know / No opinion

We last asked this question back in September, when the divide was 77%/15% – so virtually no change at all. It appears that, in the main, the vast majority of party members are content with the overall direction of the party. Here’s a sample of your comments:

  • Most popular leader and right on nearly all issues (even if we don’t get due attention and credit!)
  • I still think we should have the guts to propose some really radical change and at the moment we seem to be tinkering with “managerial priorities”. A new “Great Reform Bill” is needed that radically alters the position of the state vis-a-vis its citizens, fundamentally shifting power away from Westminster, sweeping monetary, regulatory and fiscal reform to make the country one of competitive entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on government at every level being “enabling” rather than “controlling”.
  • But we need to focus more on the underclass of those without skills, adequate housing, jobs, basic education, worst health outcomes etc.
  • But Not colourful and assertive enough – too much sitting on the fence like in the earliest days of the “Iraq War decision.
  • Insufficient weight is given to wealth creation. Recistribution of wealth is fine – but only after you have created it. Very little policy is about improving the business environment with lower tax, less regulation etc.
  • We are on a firmer course than we have been for a long time.