+++ 91% of Lib Dem members back Lib-Con coalition agreement, says LDV poll

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the coalition government agreement between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives. Over 600 have responded, and here’s what you told us …

LDV asked: If you were able to vote, would you choose to support the motion proposing the Lib Dems enter into a coalition government with the Conservatives?

91% – Yes, I would support the motion
9% – No, I would not support the motion
(excluding Don’t knows, 4%)

Our survey suggests there will be an overwhelming endorsement of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems’ decision to enter into a coalition government with the Conservatives at the special conference on Sunday.

If you’d asked anyone even 10 days ago if it seemed at all likely that nine-in-ten Lib Dem members would back a deal with the Tories they’d have said absolutely no way. It’s a real tribute to the Lib Dem negotiating team – who 95% of members believe did an effective job – and to the agreement which includes so many liberal policies, that there is such strong backing from the grassroots.

However, it’s also clear from our survey that there is a small-but-significant minority of party members who are opposed to the coalition agreement. Indeed, our survey results released earlier today indicate up to 4% of members are considering resigning their membership. The party will be hoping that those who actually take that decision are offset by the hundreds of new members who have reportedly joined the Lib Dems in the days since the coalition was announced.

* You can read in full the comments of members to this survey question in our discussion forum here.

Lib Dem Voice e-mailed the survey to over 1,200 party members registered on our members’ forum on Friday. As of Saturday evening, over 600 (c.50%) had responded. Please note: we make no claims that the survey is representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole, let alone of conference representatives who will have a vote at Sunday’s conference. Indeed, the survey seems skewed towards male party members living in the south of England. However it is the largest survey yet published of the views of Lib Dem members.