by Stephen Tall on January 17, 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 currently publishing the full results.
The Lib Dems have been in Coalition with the Conservatives for some eight months now — so we thought it would be interesting to find out who our sample of party members think is ‘hot or not’ among our Coalition partners.
LDV asked: Which of the following Conservative ministers have genuinely impressed you since the Coalition Government was formed? (Members could choose as many or as few as they wished.)
- 74% – Ken Clarke, Justice Secretary
- 49% – David Cameron, Prime Minister
- 43% – Iain Duncan Smith, Work & Pensions
- 29% – William Hague, Foreign Secretary
- 20% – David Willetts, Universities & Science
- 18% – Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office
- 13% – Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary
- 13% – George Osborne, Chancellor
- 9% – Michael Gove, Education Secretary
- 9% – Theresa May, Home Secretary
- 9% – Eric Pickles, Communities & Local Government
- 9% – None of them
- 8% – Sir George Young, Leader of the Commons
- 7% – Francis Maude, Paymaster General
- 6% – Andrew Mitchell, International Development
- 5% – Baroness Warsi, Tory Chairman
- 5% – Jeremy Hunt, Culture, Media & Sport
- 4% – Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary
- 3% – Liam Fox, Defence Secretary
- 3% – Other
- 3% – Don’t know / No opinion
- 1% – Patrick McCloughlin, Chief Whip
- 2% – Lord Strathclyde, Leader of the Lords
- 2% – Caroline Spelman, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
- 1% – Owen Paterson, Northern Ireland
- 0% – Cheryl Gillan, Wales
There’s no doubting who the most popular Tory is with Lib Dems: Ken Clarke, long ago touted here on Lib Dem Voice as our ‘sixth cabinet minister’, and winning the support of more than three-quarters of party members.
Perhaps more surprising is the high showing of David Cameron, with all but one-half of party members in our survey declaring themselves genuinely impressed with the performance of the Tory leader (in his capacity as Prime Minister at any rate). Iain Duncan Smith, re-born as a passionate advocate of social justice who has formed a strong partnership with the Lib Dems’ own Steve Webb, also attracts a high score of 43%.
Of those Lib Dem members who named Tories not on the list, only two names were mentioned more than once: Grant Shapps (a long-time friend of the Voice), who has impressed many as housing minister, and Tory renegade David Davis.