What Lib Dem members think about talking to the Tories: LDV poll results

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey today of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the discussions that have been taking place between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives. Here’s what you’ve told us …

  • 89% support Nick Clegg’s decision to let the party with the most votes and most seats try and form a government;
  • 90% support Nick Clegg’s decision to enter into discussions with the Conservative party on that basis;
  • 80% say that significant progress on electoral reform is a deal-breaker;
  • 98% rate Nick Clegg’s performance during the campaign as effective or very effective, with Vince Cable scoring 85%.

Full results below:

LDV asked: Do you support Nick Clegg’s decision that the party with the most seats and most votes has the right to first seek to govern, either alone or with support from other parties?

Yes I support the decision 89% (309)
No I do not support the decision 6% (20)
Don’t know 1% (5)
Other 4% (13)

LDV asked: Given the Conservatives won most votes and most seats, do you support Nick Clegg’s decision to enter into discussions with the Conservative party?

Yes I support the decision 90% (314)
No I do not support the decision 6% (21)
Don’t know 1% (4)
Other (please state) 2% (8)


LDV asked: Is significant progress on changing the electoral system a deal-breaker for you?

Yes it’s a deal-breaker 80% (279)
No it’s not a deal-breaker 14% (47)
Don’t know 3% (11)
Other (please state) 3% (10)

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

Very effective 55% (192)
Effective 43% (148)
Ineffective 2% (7)
Very ineffective 0% (0)
Don’t know / No opinion 0% (0)

LDV asked: What is your view of Vince Cable’s performance as Lib Dem deputy leader during the election campaign?

Very effective 31% (108)
Effective 54% (187)
Ineffective 11% (37)
Very ineffective 0% (1)
Don’t know / No opinion 4% (14)

Lib Dem Voice e-mailed the survey to the 891 party members registered on our forum. As of 2.15 pm today, 347 (c.40%) had responded. Please note: we make no claims that the survey is representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. However it is the largest survey yet published of the views of Lib Dem members.