by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2012
Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.
Post-conference boost: +23% happy with party’s direction
LDV asked: Do you think, as a whole, the Liberal Democrats are on the right course or on the wrong track? (Comparison with September’s figures.)
57% (+7%) – The right course
34% (-7%) – The wrong track
9% (-1%) – Don’t know / No opinion
There’s a significant recovery in the number of Lib Dem members now satisfied with the direction of the party, up from just +9% in mid-September to +23% this month. That’s the same proportion as we recorded in August, though less than half the +49% recorded as recently as February.
Nick’s leadership ratings recover somewhat, to +8%
What is your view of Nick Clegg’s performance as Lib Dem leader? (Comparison with September’s figures.)
13% (+2%) – Very satisfied
40% (+3%) – Satisfied
Total satisfied = 53% (+5%)
28% (n/c) – Dissatisfied
17% (-5%) – Very dissatisfied
Total dissatisfied = 45% (-5%)
2% (n/c) – Don’t know / No opinion
Nick Clegg will be relieved that satisfaction with him as party leader has climbed from last month’s negative -2% back into positive territory, at +8%. However, this is still his second lowest rating among Lib Dem members since we started our surveys and compares to +38% net satisfaction as recently as February. Given the party leader usually benefits from a post-conference boost, together with his generally well-received apology video, he might have hoped for more of a fillip from Brighton.