by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2012
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 570 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results.
70% say Lib Dems on right course, highest figure since July 2010
LDV asked: Do you think, as a whole, the Liberal Democrats are on the right course or on the wrong track? (Comparison with December’s figures.)
70% (+6%) – The right course
21% (-6%) – The wrong track
9% (n/c) – Don’t know / No opinion
There seems to be a bit more of a spring in the step of Lib Dem members, according to our survey. Seven-in-ten of you believe the party is on the right course, the highest figure in our surveys since July 2010 (when it was 71%). The net figure of +49% is the highest since August 2010. It looks like The Guardian’s Martin Kettle may have had a point: Liberal Democrats can again enjoy the reflection in the mirror.
Nick Clegg’s personal ratings recover to 15-month high
What is your view of Nick Clegg’s performance as Lib Dem leader?
17% – Very satisfied
51% – Satisfied
Total satisfied = 68% (+3%)
20% – Dissatisfied
10% – Very dissatisfied
Total dissatisfied = 30% (-3%)
2% – Don’t know / No opinion
Our latest survey shows Nick Clegg with a net approval rating among Lib Dem members of +38%, an improvement of 6% on December’s figures. This is double his ratings of a little over a year ago, in January 2011, when Nick’s net rating was +19%; in April 2011 it slumped to +17%.
Our December survey was conducted during the controversy over David Cameron’s European summit ‘veto’ at a time when Nick Clegg was under attack from the right-wing media for perceived inconsistency in his response, and I suspect his personal rating dipped as a result; his net rating was +37% in September 2011, after the party conference. The previous highest net rating for Nick Clegg was +40% in November 2010.