by Stephen Tall on August 31, 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. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results of our 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?
- 69% – The right course
- 17% – The wrong track
- 15% – Don’t know / No opinion
This 69% / 17% split gives a net result of +52% of party members in our sample believing the Lib Dems are on the right track. Last month, in July 2010, it was 71% / 19% (+52%). So no real change there: the vast majority of Lib Dem members are generally satisfied with the direction of the party.
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:
- 18% – Very effective
- 62% – Effective
- 15% – Ineffective
- 3% – Very ineffective
- 2% – Don’t know / No opinion
Net satisfaction = +62%
Overall, then, 80% of members view Nick’s leadership as effective, compared with 18% viewing it as ineffective, a net satisfaction rating of +62%. This compares with +68% in July 2010, so a slight fall in satisfaction, though that figure did represent Nick’s highest ever approval rating among Lib Dem members in our surveys. Almost a year ago, in September 2009, Nick’s net satisfaction rating was +41% (improving to +62% post-conference). By February this year, it had had reached +66%. All things considered, I think he can be satisfied with a +62% rating going into this year’s autumn federal conference in Liverpool.
Here are a selection of your comments:
[The Coalition] was the only option and the best choice for the country, as well as the only way to get Lib Dem policies implemented. I definitely still agree with Nick! But he needs to sharpen up his media presence, making it clear that actions are being taken which cause him to think hard but they are the price of stable government through coalition. The right course “as a whole” but all our ministers need to up their game and show that we are having a significant impact on government. He is an effective leader, but the coalition deal was not good for us as a party, and will damage our reputation with left wing voters. We are losing our core voters because of these actions. He’s Deputy Prime Minister! And he’s getting Lib Dem things done in Government! Bloody brilliant! (and I voted for Huhne.) Not that it’s an easy course but I feel we’re still heading in the right direction. Effective as DPM, but lost sight of him as LD leader We need to maintain an independent voice. We have been silent on too many issues where Tory policy ideas are dominating. He’s done incredibly well to get us this far – but he needs to make more of the position we’re in. Its a mixed bag! Most days i feel both proud and disapointed – I wonder how long I can keep that up? A few gaffes, and an emerging tendency to come across as sanctimonious. But overall, he’s still politician of the year. Given the confines of his situation and the hostile press he is doing the best he can. A more open approach, stating when he disagrees with certain government policies as he did with Trident last week would help him re-capture his earlier appeal. If all works out he could be the man that really did make a difference – all credit to him for that. We must hold our nerve.
You can catch up on the result of all our LDV members surveys by clicking here.