LDV survey: 86% of Lib Dem members oppose any electoral pact with Tories

by Stephen Tall on January 10, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 660 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results over the next few days.

Overwhelming ‘No!’ to Lib Dem-Tory electoral arrangement

LDV askd: There have been some suggestions that, if the Coalition holds until 2015, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats should consider some form of electoral arrangement: perhaps the Conservatives might not stand against all Lib Dems and vice versa, or there could even be joint ‘Coalition candidates’. What best describes your view of any such arrangement:

Here’s what our sample of party members said:

  • 3% – We should actively encourage an electoral arrangement with the Conservatives in 2015, including standing down Lib Dems in some seats.
  • 10% – We should be open to the idea of an electoral arrangement with the Conservatives in 2015 so long as the Lib Dems contest all seats.
  • 86% – We should reject any suggestion of an electoral arrangement with the Conservatives and fight the next election in all seats as a party independent of either Conservatives or Labour.
  • (Excluding Other, Don’t know / No opinion 4%)

The media stirring may continue about the possibility of electoral ‘deals’ between the Lib Dems and Tories — but there’s no doubting the views of party members. Fully 86% are against any form of arrangement, while a further 10% say that the Lib Dems must contest all seats even though they’re open to the idea of an arrangement. Just 3% of party members support a pact in which the Lib Dems would stand down in some Labour-Tory marginals in return for Tory support in Lib Dem-Labour marginals.

These findings are almost identical to those we found in the summer when we last asked the question.

  • Over 1,300 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. 662 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 3rd and 9th January.
  • Please note: we make no claims that the survey is fully representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. However, LibDemVoice.org’s surveys are the largest independent samples of the views of Lib Dem members across the country, and have in the past accurately predicted the winners of the contest for Party President, and the result of the conference decision to approve the Coalition agreement.
  • The full archive of our members’ surveys can be viewed at www.libdemvoice.org/category/ldv-members-poll