EXCLUSIVE: 84% of Lib Dem members continue to back Lib/Con Coalition

by Stephen Tall on September 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. Some 550 party members responded, and we’ll be publishing the full results in the coming days.

Support for Coalition as high as ever

LDV asked: Do you support or oppose the Lib Dems being in the Coalition Government with the Conservatives?

  • 84% – Support
  • 13% – Oppose
  • 4% Don’t know

This is the third time this year we’ve polled our sample of party members to ask about attitudes to the Coalition. In April, 83% supported it, and 12% were opposed; the same figures as we recorded in January. So there has been no real change in spite of the bruising the party took in this year’s English local and Scottish national elections, as well as the lost AV referendum.

And here perhaps is the explanation for this continuing high figure…

4-in-5 say Coalition implementing significant part of Lib Dem manifesto

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

  • 81% – Yes
  • 15% – No
  • 4% – Don’t know

We’ve asked this question twice before. In September 2010, a year ago, just 53% of of party members felt able to agree with the statement. In January 2011, this figure had grown to 66%. It now stands at 81%, an impressive shift in party members’ belief that Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems are really beginning to deliver in government.

However, that confidence in Lib Dem success does not translate into a confidence this will benefit the party…

Majority of Lib Dems think Coalition will be bad for the party’s prospects

LDV asked: Do you think the Coalition Government will be good or bad for the Lib Dems’ electoral prospects at the next general election?

  • 14% – Good
  • 59% – Bad
  • 17% – Neither good nor bad
  • 10% – Don’t know

Notwithstanding May’s dire results there’s been little overall shift in party members’ expectations of what the next general election will bring compared with April’s survey results. A majority believe it will be bad for the party, with just 14% expecting the party will benefit from being a party in government.

 

  • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. Some 550 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 11th and 15th September.
  • 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