LDV survey: What party members think of Lib Dem ambitions for government

by Stephen Tall on September 1, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of a variety of key issues, 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’re looking at a trio of questions relating to how the Lib Dems and the Coalition will govern in the next few years. First up, we asked:

Do you agree – yes or no – with the following statement: The Coalition is implementing a significant part of the Lib Dem manifesto.

  • 53% – Yes
  • 13% – No
  • 34% – Uncertain

A majority of Lib Dem members in our sample, then, reckon a significant part of the Lib Dem manifesto is being implemented within the Coalition agreement. Just 13% disagree with the statement. However, a for a significant minority the jury is out, with one-third saying they are uncertain.

Then we looked at the most pressing issue curently facing the Coaliton, and asked:

Do you agree – yes or no – with the following statement: I’ll be content if the Coalition gets Britain’s deficit and economy fixed (anything else is a bonus).

  • 44% – Yes
  • 34% – No
  • 23% – Uncertain

A more mixed reaction here, with a plurality agreeing that the first, top, over-riding priority for the Coalition has to be to fix the economy. However, that leaves one-third disagreeing – presumably Lib Dems who are hoping the party will be able to face the electorate again having achieved more to make a difference than simply restoring the state of the public finances. This question was modelled on one asked by ConsevativeHome in their August members’ survey – would be interesting to compare with Lib Dem members’ responses, but alas I can’t see that it’s been published.

Finally for today, we looked at an issue – social mobility – which Nick Clegg has put, alongside fixing the economy and his political reform agenda, as the key to judging whether the Lib Dems and the Coalition has made a positive impact on the lives of ordinary citizens:

Do you agree – yes or no – with the following statement: Progress on policies such as Nick Clegg’s focus on social mobility – eg, raising the income tax threshold for low earners, and the ‘pupil premium’ for pupils from poorer backgrounds – is very encouraging.

  • 68% – Yes
  • 8% – No
  • 25% – Uncertain

Given the focus on the austerity measures in the Coalition’s emergency budget – and the argument over the IFS report suggesting its effects were regressive – I was interested to see whether Lib Dem members felt the party’s progress on social mobility so far has been encouraging. Over two-thirds agree that it has been, with just 8% disagreeing. A significant minority, one-quarter of party members in our sample, are yet to be convinced by the Coalition’s progress in this area, though.

You can access all the results of past Lib Dem Voice surveys of party members here.