LDV survey: How Lib Dem members rate the performances of Nick Clegg and the party

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the Coalition Government’s budget, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Over 350 party members have responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results of our survey this week.

In the penultimate part of the survey today, we take a look at the performance of the Lib Dems and our leader. First we asked: Do you think, as a whole, the Liberal Democrats are on the right course or on the wrong track?

Here’s what our sample of Lib Dem members reckon:

  • 71% – The right course
  • 19% – The wrong track
  • 10% – Don’t know / No opinion

We’ve asked this question a number of times over the past couple of years. In September 2008, the “right course / wrong track” split was 60% / 28% (this improved to 71% / 19% post-conference). In September 2009, it was 77% / 15%. And in February this year, the “right course / wrong track” split was 78% / 16%.

The current 71% / 19% is therefore lower than it has been for the past year, but not significantly so – especially when considering the testing circumstances of the past two months.

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

Here’s what our sample of Lib Dem members told us:

  • 27% – Very effective
  • 55% – Effective
  • 10% – Ineffective
  • 4% – Very ineffective
  • 4% – Don’t know / No opinion
  • Net satisfaction = +68%

Overall, then, 82% of members view Nick’s leadership as effective, compared with 14% viewing it as ineffective, a net satisfaction rating of +68%. We’ve asked this question in this format since September 2009 – at that point, Nick’s net satisfaction rating was +41% (improving to +62% post-conference). By February this year, it had had reached +66%. This month’s figure is, therefore, Nick’s highest yet approval rating in LDV’s surveys of party members.

You can catch up on the result of all our LDV members surveys by clicking here.